Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University have found that a person's resting point for mood – or how they feel when not overly happy or sad – may depend more upon their life experiences than their genetics.
The team conducted a study on a large sample of twins and found that in young age, people with identical genes had similar resting points, but that their moods diverged later in life, suggesting that their individual experiences influenced their general disposition more than hereditary factors.
"Environmental experiences have a memory and stay with us. What governs the emotional set point of adults is a mixture of genetic factors and the total aggregate of environmental experiences," said lead author Kenneth S. Kendler. "If you want to be happy in old age, live a good life."
Ilchi Lee believes that mind-body-spirit practices may help people to find inner peace and fulfillment. Individuals who use such exercises may end up with a more stable sense of well-being and a more positive mood in order to reach their full potential.