Women Can Thank Gene for Their Happiness; Guys’ You Lose Out

August 29, 2012 by Norm Schneider  
Published in Women

New discovery has gals smiling, guys frowning.

Women are a happy lot and the proof of it is a new gene discovery. That’s what scientists are saying as they announced they have discovered a gene that makes women happy.

Guys, on the other hand, get no benefit from the gene at all. Hm-m-m – this could be dangerous. If gals can be happy without the benefit of the guys, why do they need guys at all? Oh there’s that, but once that is accomplished will guys become useless? Please don’t answer that – It’s just a rhetorical question.

The researchers from Florida and New York say a gene known as monoamine oxidase A, or MAOA for short, was found to cause more happiness in women. And they were quite happy about their discovery – which might be a clue as to which gender was responsible for the discovery. Apparently the MAOA gene helps regulate the activity of an enzyme that breaks down serontin, dopamine, and other neurotransmitters in the brain. These are the “make you feel good” chemicals in the brain. The researchers studied hundreds of women and men to come to their conclusions.

Men – Is It You She’s Smiling At?

So, can the gene be replicated so there is more happiness in the world – at least among the female population? Scientists are mum about that. But, what are men to do? That woman they meet might just be happy without regard to anything you say or do or how you look. That great opening line you have used in the past might just be a useless comment to a women who is having a great day because her MAOA gene is firing on all cylinders. Men, I think we have a crisis here.

It’s hard enough to understand what women are thinking without their having an unfair advantage via their MAOA gene.

To conduct my own test of this phenomenon I asked my wife if she could check her MAOA gene and tell me at what level it was percolating today. She was smiling like the “joker” so I guess her supply was plentiful. Then I enthralled her with the best jokes I knew. She continued smiling. It was either the MAOA genes making her happy or my jokes. To test further I entertained her with the worst jokes I’d ever heard. She was still smiling. It seems my test was not providing any great results. No matter what I did, the Mona Lisa smile continued to spread across her face. Maybe I should just accept her smiles for whatever reason it adorns her face and be happy with that. On the other hand, I can’t help but wondering – was it me or was it the gene?

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3 Responses to “Women Can Thank Gene for Their Happiness; Guys’ You Lose Out”
  1. jennyreeve Says:

    That explains a lot :-)

  2. Martin Kloess Says:

    Well written piece, thank you.

  3. smokychristine Says:

    I feel happy, oh so happy…might be something to this!


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