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Can’t keep a relationship together? Don’t worry, you can now blame it on your genes.
Yep, scientists believe they have found a specific gene which determines your ability to feel happy while in a long-term relationship.
A team of researchers at Peking University in China have been studying the gene 5-HT1A, which controls the body’s serotonin (the happiness hormone).
They found that people’s ability to maintain happy and healthy relationships was directly related to that gene.
It gets a bit ‘sciency’ here.
Basically, there are two variants of the gene, C and G, and the students taking part in the study with two copies of the C variant were found to be better at starting and maintaining relationships.
The reason for this is thought to be that happier people are less prone to mood swings and other undesirable behaviour, and therefore less likely to chase off their partners.
One of the study’s researchers Xiaolin Zhou said traits such as ‘pessimism and neuroticism’ which can be sparked by the G variant, ‘might decrease carriers’ dating opportunities or lead to romantic relationship failure’.
However researchers were quick to point out that far more than a single gene can determine a person’s overall ability to be part of a happy relationship.
Just remember to put ‘I have the G variant’ on your Tinder profile, so they know exactly what they are getting themselves into.