Oprah: Happiness is Genetic!

Born HappyOprah Winfrey did a show with Goldie Hawn, actress and founder of the Hawn Foundation and Dan Buettner, best-selling author whose new book ‘Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way’ has been recently released.

In answer to the question,
Do you think that happiness is genetic?
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, say that,

Happiness can be genetic!

And even though we all think we know someone with not one drop of the happy gene, there is good news! Those researchers say that only 50% of happiness is genetic. 40% of happiness is learned. So, no excuses!

Oprah introduced us to Sandy, who is a testament to the ‘Happy Gene Theory’. She is a toll booth collector on the Pennsylvania Turnpike with an adorable bubbly personality that loves her job. Since she says she wants the drivers that pass her booth to experience the same joy she does, her main goal every day is to make them smile in the 15 seconds she has with them. Dennis, one of her regulars, says Sandy is one of the nicest ladies he’s ever met in his life. Sandy says her whole family was born like this, happy!

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