Since I posted last month on the happiness movement and the idea of happiness as a decision, another article caught my eye yesterday. Apparently, they’re saying there is a ‘happiness gene’, which explains
…why we each have a unique baseline level of happiness and why some people tend to be naturally happier than others, and that’s in no small part due to our individual genetic make-up. – Source here
From my perspective, it seems that there so many factors to so many parts of life (do you know how many theories there are about CFS/ME? It can be very befuddling!). If there is a tendency for some to be ‘happier’ than others, how we do we balance this with human choice or indeed religious belief? Is ‘joy’ unhampered by such precise ideas of happiness?
And the big old question – how much are we enslaved to our genetic make up? Can we act against our genes? Should we bother?
Biblically speaking what we are “in the flesh” is countered by who we are in the Spirit – not meant to be controlled by our “natural” cravings (I use quotation marks because such concepts are hard to translate). If the Christian life goes against our instincts (to some degree), does it go against our genetics, too? Can we be set free from our genes?
Just random, uninformed musings…!
Image from the Press Association (see source article)