ThimphuTech was the first technology blog in Bhutan. We started writing it in 2009, just as broadband and mobile internet started to take off. (Although internet in Bhutan was launched in 1999, it was either super-slow or super-expensive, and was only used by a selected few).

In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

We thank all our readers.
Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

"Happiness gene" affects our well-being

No doubt: Some people are born with a happier disposition than others. And now there is scientific proof. Recent research has found a link between a gene called 5-HTT (long known to regulate serotonin) and our happiness levels. There are two versions of this gene, a "long" one and a "short" one. People who inherited two "long" 5-HTTs variants from their parents have been found to be - on average - the most satisfied with their lives. Folks who have one "long" variant and one "short" variant are a bit less happy. And the group of people with two "short" variants of the gene were found to be the least happy of the bunch. So if you're feeling a bit sad today - blame your parents...

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