When people talk about someone having or passing on “good” genes they are usually referring to one of two things: physical attributes or intelligence. While it is true that being born with either or both of these advantages should aid in one’s quest for happiness, we all know that the results don’t always align to the expectations. There are plenty of really really good-looking people out there who are unhappy, perhaps only outnumbered by miserable smart people.
Yet we still claim that those are “good” genes.
Now, I’m no scientist (shocker, I know), but there seem to be people out there who tend to find happiness regardless of circumstance (this is perhaps a result of an in-born confidence or a personality that doesn’t take offense or a tendency toward the positive, etc.) Is this “happiness gene” something that can be passed on? If so, why don’t more people envy it?