First discovery of genetic locations for eudaimonic and hedonic well-being

For the first time in history independent locations have been identified on the human genome that explain differences in eudaimonic well-being between individuals. APH researchers Professor Meike Bartels and PhD student Bart Baselmans (Department of Biological Psychology, Vrije Universiteit) concluded this based on large-scale molecular genetic data of 220 thousand individuals from the UK Biobank. The researchers identified the first two genome-wide significant independent loci for eudaimonic well-being (meaning in life) and showed strong genetic overlap with hedonic well-being (happiness). Results of this study were published in Scientific Reports.

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