Depression and happiness are derived from the same gene, revealed a recent study.
The study was conducted by Elaine Fox from Oxford University and Chris Beevers from the University of Texas.
It was published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry and claims that same genes that make us prone to depression could also open us to positivity.
It noted “Cognitive biases are when people consistently interpret situations though particular mental ‘filters,’ when people have a cognitive bias that emphasises negative aspects or thoughts, they are more at risk of mental health disorders. ”
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Fox said: “If you take a gene that is linked to mental illness, and compare people who have the same genetic variant, it becomes clear that what happens to their mental health is based on their environment. We suggest that while no gene ’causes’ mental ill health, some genes can make people more sensitive to the effects of their environment – for better and for worse.”
“If you have those genes and are in a negative environment, you are likely to develop the negative cognitive biases that lead to mental disorders. If you have those genes but are in a supportive environment, you are likely to develop positive cognitive biases that increase your mental resilience,” she added.