The Feel-Good Gene

Richard A. Friedman, New York Times, March 6, 2015

Chances are that everyone on this planet has experienced anxiety, that distinct sense of unease and foreboding.

Most of us probably assume that anxiety always has a psychological trigger.

Yet clinicians have long known that there are plenty of people who experience anxiety in the absence of any danger or stress and haven’t a clue why they feel distressed. Despite years of psychotherapy, many experience little or no relief. It’s as if they suffer from a mental state that has no psychological origin or meaning, a notion that would seem heretical to many therapists, particularly psychoanalysts.

Recent neuroscience research explains why, in part, this may be the case. For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that a genetic variation in the brain makes some people inherently less anxious, and more able to forget fearful and unpleasant experiences. This lucky genetic mutation produces higher levels of anandamide–the so-called bliss molecule and our own natural marijuana–in our brains.

In short, some people are prone to be less anxious simply because they won the genetic sweepstakes and randomly got a genetic mutation that has nothing at all to do with strength of character. About 20 percent of adult Americans have this mutation. Those who do may also be less likely to become addicted to marijuana and, possibly, other drugs–presumably because they don’t need the calming effects that marijuana provides.

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We all have anandamide, but those who have won the lucky gene have more of it because they have less of an enzyme called FAAH, which deactivates anandamide. It is a mutation in the FAAH gene that leads to more of the bliss molecule anandamide bathing the brain.

People with the variant FAAH gene are less anxious and are thus less inclined to like marijuana. They actually experience a decrease in happiness when smoking marijuana, compared with those with the normal FAAH gene, who find it pleasurable. If you naturally have more of the real thing you understandably have little use for marijuana.

Studies show that those without the variant gene suffer more severe withdrawal when they stop using cannabis. Here, at last, is an example of a mutation that confers an advantage: lower anxiety and protection against cannabis dependence–and possibly to addiction to some other drugs, too.

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Interestingly, the frequency of the advantageous FAAH mutation differs widely among ethnic groups. According to recent data from the HapMap, an international project that studies genetic similarities and differences in humans, roughly 21 percent of Americans of European descent, 14 percent of Han Chinese living in China and 45 percent of Yoruban Nigerians have been found to carry this gene variant.

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  • pcmustgo

    Totally knew Blacks would be more likely to block anxiety… they don’t seem to get anxious, they don’t seem to worry, they’re very care-free= too care-free… And then there’s the “high-strung” Jews, right? I don’t agree about marijuana though… marijuana doesn’t calm me down, it makes me (and many others) paranoid and depressed. The only people I know who can smoke marijuana and enjoy it are indeed carefree people… some carefree whites (with mellow minds) and of course all those mellow, care-free Jamaicans. I have long suspected illegal drugs effect all of us differently, all drugs too, and that they effect the different races differently too, alcohol and Native Americans being a case in point. Now booze does indeed calm me down, but I don’t over-do it…

    • David Ashton

      Drugs in different quantities have different effects on different people. But habituated use of brain poisons except for serious medical reasons is not desirable individually or socially.

      • Reynardine

        Indeed, think of your brain as a system in homoeostasis. A system in stasis wants to stay in that stasis, by definition. Knock it too far out with a few drugs, and it’s going to be a lot of work trying to get it back.

        • Spikeygrrl

          And that’s a GOOD thing for people who have one or more idiopathic, clinical-level anxiety disorders. We WANT to knock our condition so far out of whack that it “never” comes back! Idiopathic anxiety disorders are currently incurable, but can be very well-controlled — under a physician’s care — with appropriate prescription medications, which in some States can legally include cannabis.

          • meanqueen

            Oh, Spikeygrrl, I so vehemently disagree! Idiopathic anxiety disorders are not “incurable.” That’s what the pharmaceutical companies want you to believe in order to keep you dependent. See my comment above under yours – diet, supplements, exercise, sleep, meditation – it really works, particularly Vit Bs and Omega 3s. I know from personal experience, though not a conversation I want to delve into here. Not everyone can put in that lifestyle change effort – I get it. But remember that also not everyone can tolerate SSRIs (I can’t, for example) and longterm use of benzodiazepines is not recommended. Once the domain of naturopaths and alternative healers, certain supplements like fish oil are now being recommended by the mental health community because numerous studies have shown them to be effective – not only in controlling anxiety and depression but also other mental health disorders.

          • Spikeygrrl

            I’m genuinely glad that hippie-dippy placebos work for you. They would not work for me because 1) I have a smattering of genuine scientific knowledge (I “moonlighted” in hospitals for many years) and 2) my spouse is a medical professional. It’s hard to hang on to wishful-thinking medical mythology when medical FACT stares you in the face every day.

            Oh, and I should probably mention that throughout my 30-year career in scientific and industrial marketing communications, all those EEEEEvil Big Pharma companies I had as clients were unfailingly courteous, open to every proposal, never argued about price, and NEVER let an invoice remain unpaid for more than 30 days past due.

            To me, that spells RATIONAL, the epitome of “social justice.” Would that all my clients had been so ethical.

          • Nancy

            I’m with Spikey on this one. Better Living Through Chemistry.

          • meanqueen

            Why so insulting? Vitamins and supplements, diet and sleep are placebos? The study of nutritional deficiencies and their role in brain function IS scientific. Vit B and Omega 3s are not in the realm of “hippie-dippy” nor is Vit D, something that many MDs are checking routinely now and supplementing because deficiencies are widespread, and it also plays a role in depression. Many people cannot take antidepressants or benzos. FYI, I’m an RN, and I don’t know any MDs who would say what you just said. In fact, my MD put me on megadoses of Vit D to correct a bad deficiency.

          • Weisheit77

            at least you didn’t say the word Juice…then you would be a hippy-dippy anti-Semite.

            I think she is stuck in a wheel chair and it sounds bad, but I agree with you that there is a lot that can be improved by self-control of diet, vitamins, exercise, and sleep. If you’re fat, ugly, eat junk food, and don’t exercise then you’ll probably feel like crap.

            When I was younger SSRI nearly drove me to murder suicide. I’m still dealing with consequences from SSRIs from a car accident.

            And then there is the people who feel better than marijuana smokers or the guy holding down the bar after work to alleviate stress when their dealer wears a white coat and writes prescriptions.

          • meanqueen

            Yes, doesn’t work for everyone but a lot of people don’t even give it a try. I tried SSRIs on several occasions and always had a slew of intolerable side effects. One time I got horrible tinnitus and thought it wouldn’t ever go away, but thankfully it did after a few days off the drug. Thank God I never experienced what you did and you’re lucky nothing worse happened. These are powerful drugs and too many people are prescribed them. Hey, I love my Ativan as much as the next neurotic, but they only give me 14 at a time and if I ask for more than one refill per year, I get the sideways leer and a lecture about addiction (fine with me – I don’t want to get dependent anyway). But as you can see, I needed to find a real solution since 28 Ativan won’t get me through 365 days in the year. 🙂

          • Spikeygrrl

            I’m happy when anyone finds what works FOR THEM. If you respond well to placebos, more power to ya! 🙂

          • Spikeygrrl

            By all means, stick with what works for you. Including hippie-dippy placebos.

    • 1stworlder

      Keep in mind anxiety often comes from things you know can happen. Without the future orientation part of abstract thought, what is there to be anxious about?

      • listenupbub

        That is exactly it, my friend.

    • Reynardine

      Drugs are really an amplifier for who you are already. Different drugs amplify different behavior. We know this because drugs affect different parts of the brain differently.

    • Raymond Kidwell

      There are different strains of marijuana with different potencies and different drugs (different affects) and they also affect different people differently. If you have very clear breakdown of the potentency and drugs in a particular strain, along with its effects, then you can use it effectively. This happens in states where weed is legal. Some strains are better at relieving pain others at inducing appetite, others at inducing sleep and so on.

      The people who tend to be regular pot smokers always seem to be people who need some kind of buzz, any buzz, at all times. They’ll sniff glue to get high. It keeps them from facing the reality that their life sucks or whatever emotional problems they have. They don’t like to be stuck alone with their own thoughts. Maybe they have severe anxiety or bad memories, post traumatic stress whatever. They will use booze, weed, anything they can get their hands on. Maybe their job sucks whatever. Maybe they just don’t care about anything in life except being high all the time.

      I seldom meet an occasional pot smoker. Either they need to smoke it everyday, at all times or else don’t use it. Myself I would be an occasional smoker if it were legalized but there are too many issues with getting it on the street.

      For people honestly looking to experience a good time via weed (or to get a certain effect), it’s hard to do unless you have some kind of reliable supplier (which is rare, suppliers usually sell anything). You never know what you are getting on the street. There is a huge variability in potency and effects.

      Like alcohol it could be used responsibly but most people won’t do that even when it is legalized. That’s their choice though. If you get paranoid or negative effects its probably due to an over dose though. It’s like getting so drunk that you start to puke and hate life. This would be common for first time users as they have little tolerance to the drug compared to regular users who can tolerate much higher doses. At low doses its pretty similar to drinking alcohol but with more sedative effects, more stress relieving. If you use it regularly though it makes you lazy. I know a lot of responsible people who have their life together who quit using marijuana because it made them too lazy, and you have to get up and go to work. It also slows you down mentally for a couple of days, although may elevate your mood, and act as a pretty good anti-depressant. Marijuana is generally a lot safer and better drug compared to most prescribed drugs (such as pain pills or anti-depressants, appetite stimulators etc.). Being that it’s one of the safest drugs you can take, I fully support legalization. It’s safer than alcohol. However, like I said, it doesn’t prevent people from abusing it.

      • Weisheit77

        I know lots of people who smoke weed who would never sniff glue.

        The same could be said for alcohol about regular consumption. I notice that the people who tend to drink to the point of being buzzed or drunk do it quite frequently per week. With one drunk being a light week and 4 drunks being vacation.

    • Nancy

      It also has to do with the quality of the weed you bought. Cheap Hawaiian shake can make a person a lot more paranoid than some other high-quality bud. At least, this was the case back in the mid-’80s.

      Perhaps some folks on the board would have more insight into this phenomenon. (Where’s Kevinphillipsbong when you need him?)

      • Raymond Kidwell

        They used to not have this stuff back in the 70s. You could pretty much smoke weed all day and just be a little toasted at best. It’s still that way with low grade stuff. Some of the low grade stuff you can smoke the spit out of it and barely even have a buzz. But this new stuff they have bred will practically send you into a coma. With that level of potency can also lead to people freaking out. But people who smoke weed every day build up a tolerance. A guy I was working with who smokes weed every day said he doesn’t even get high off of it anymore, so he needs the powerful chronic just to feel anything.

        Technically if you were to smoke weed you would have to take a break from it and let your tolerance come back down or else it won’t get you high anyway. But the idiots that use the stuff don’t seem to realize that. But if you haven’t smoked in a long time or never at all one hit will probably get you really high. So this is where sometimes somebody who never had it before can have a bad experience.

        Like I exist in the ghettos so I’m familiar with this, but people tell me they go to jail and get out and take their first puff after not having it in a very long time and get super high. A teacher once told us that he had a kid so stoned he couldn’t move and they had to carry him out of the classroom.

        It’s really weird though because the same dose that will paralyze you might not have any affect on the regular user. It’s the same with pain pills and narcotics. You build up a tolerance pretty quickly.

        • ElComadreja

          You must not have had the right connections in the 70’s. There was plenty of high grade weed around.

          • Raymond Kidwell

            I wasn’t alive in the 70s. Every year they breed stronger strains.

          • ElComadreja

            That’s a canard spread by those that love to incite pot hysteria. What they do is compare the most potent strains available today to the truly awful ditchweed or “commercial” weed that was around in the 70’s. The best stuff from then and now really aren’t that far apart and the generally available stuff is far superior. Interestingly if you go back to the 60’s what was generally available was far stronger than it’s 70’s counterpart.

    • Speedy Steve

      Ah! The old jolly negro scenario with his 40 and a blunt, and YT paying his freight.

    • Weisheit77

      Interesting, I’m of German and Irish heritage and alcohol fires me up. One beer with a meal will make me sleepy, but after that get out of the way. Worst thing is is that it doesn’t even stop the problems from going through one’s head.

    • slobotnavich

      Anxiety vs. lack there-of is more likely the result of relative intelligence levels. Jews are highly intelligent and thus more analytical, with their resultant recognition of more possibly unfavorable outcomes. Blacks, being less so, are less likely to foresee and thus avoid bad outcomes, which is to say they’re more impulsive.

  • Cannot Tell

    This study corroborates the finding of many scientists that East Asians are the most neurotic and blacks are the least. Given that anxiety and depression go hand in hand, it is also no surprise that blacks have the lowest rates of depression.

    Given that people who are less prone to anxiety are less likely to become addicted to marijuana, I would be curious to find out whether they are also less likely to become obese. Some scientists have found that food can be rather addictive.

    Interestingly enough, I am a child of Yoruba Nigerian immigrants and have quite a few people in my immediate family who battle anxiety, myself included. I wonder if high IQ blacks are more likely to have anxiety problems. A family member (and psychiatrist) who wanted to discourage me from suicide once told me that Nigerians have low rates of suicide despite the poverty they live in. I guess I know why now!

    • WR_the_realist

      I suspect that poverty is very poorly correlated with suicide. In fact, people struggling every day just to make sure they have something to eat are very unlikely to be wallowing in depression and thinking of suicide.

      • 1stworlder

        If you are too stupid to realize you are staring at an abyss, can you notice the abyss staring back? A question of future orientation.

    • A quick perusal of blues and hip-hop will not suggest a lack of anxiety among black people. Neither will black proclivity to hypertension, shorter life-span, heated politics, high testosterone levels, high violence rates.

      I’ll define anxiety as the state of perceiving that someone’s knocking at the door.

      • SentryattheGate

        I have anxiety over the fact that Nigerians are immigrating here; we have enough blacks already! I thought Africa was for Africans?! Let them stay there!

        • “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”

          That’s anxiety.

      • ElComadreja

        They’re paranoid and sociopathic as a group.

    • Raymond Kidwell

      I live in the ghettos and work at low wage jobs. Nearly all the black people I know who are low income also smoke weed daily and engage in sex whenever possible. Sure all poor people are prone to more drug/alcohol use/sex, but it’s much higher with blacks. I would say the self medicating is why they are less depressed. Take away the drug use and there probably would be more black depression. As well blacks just kill each other instead of killing themselves, putting themselves in high risk situations etc. Some people kill themselves, other people go and rob a bank and get shot while escaping, what’s the difference? I think if you account for those things, there isn’t much of a difference between races regarding depression or suicide. Different people cope different ways.

      But with black people I think a big part of the low I.Q. scores is regular drug use. Culturally American blacks consider these behaviors normal, which keeps them down.

      • My suspicion is that the IQ testing difference is a side-effect of a hormonal differences that, collectively, simply make black people less inclined to *sit down and sit still*.

        I worked in a sales room that was very black culturally. The managers roamed the aisles like drill sergeants, exhorting the reps to get up on their feet to deliver their pitches (“On your feet!”). The room was loud, high-energy, and worked this way for eight hours every day. And it worked.

        • Raymond Kidwell

          I think I.Q. tests relate to innate intelligence pretty acurately as has been explained via studies in The Bell Curve. I was hyperactive as a child but scored high on tests. But one of the reasons I don’t smoke weed is that it slows you down. When I have smoked it I notice slower reaction time for a couple days afterwards. People who smoke daily go into a sort of permanent haze until they get off of it. I don’t see anything wrong with it when used responsibly but regular use will slow down mental abilities.

          Blacks and most foreigners except for maybe East Asians tend to be loud though. It could have an effect on learning depending on teaching style. I think our classrooms are structured wrong (especially for boys). Children (even adults) need to be engaged with hands on activities rather than sit still and absorb everything like a sponge. I think that could be a factor where blacks dislike school more than others regardless of I.Q. I hated school myself. It’s more of an exercise in docility.

    • InAFreeCountry

      I expect that anyone with high intelligence is more anxious. Ignorance being bliss, and all. It’s also harder to turn your brain off at night to sleep.

  • Mack0

    I wonder what the connection to ambition, impulse control and narcissism are. We already blacks have a higher propensity for the mao linked to violence. Add a higher prevalence of FAAH and you get a highly aggressive person satisfied with his own actions

  • WR_the_realist

    In short, some people are prone to be less anxious simply because they
    won the genetic sweepstakes and randomly got a genetic mutation that has
    nothing at all to do with strength of character.

    Says who? Why can’t “strength of character” have a strong genetic component?

    • FinnShane

      I have difficulty believing 45 percent of Yuruban Nigerians possess this gene due to strength of character.

      • John Smith

        I think it likely goes the other way, and let’s forget about the Nigerians or this gene in particular. Strength of character may have a basis in genetics, like many behaviors appear to.

  • David Ashton

    We are at the beginnings of neuroscience, neo-eugenics, cyber-warfare, bio-terrorism and overpopulation impacts, and are still not quite prepared for them. What we do not need is the straitjacket of PC ideology in doing so.

    • Speedy Steve

      Leftards are into an updated form of Lysenkoism. This explains why they believe in global warming/climate change, Pelagianism, and racial equality.

  • White males have the highest suicide rate of any group. Of course, white males really do have reason to experience anxiety. It’s not in our genes or in our minds, but it’s reality, as the boys expelled from the University of Oklahoma today can testify to.

    This study leaves open the question of sex differences in the advantageous mutation. It also leaves out Mexicans, our new rulers after amnesty is complete. All I know is that Mexicans and blacks love their Mary Jane, but I doubt it has anything to do with feeling anxious. The national motto of Mexico is “Que sera, sera.”

    • SentryattheGate

      And the manana syndrome: I’ll do it tomorrow.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Yes, the CDC study found a 50% increase in suicides of males in the 50 to 55 group. They are the most severely persecuted during ‘diversity & inclusion’ purges by the cultural Marxist Kommissars. Then once they’re forced out on trumped-up or invented charges they are then aggressively excluded and driven to financial ruin.

      Cultural Marxists, like the over-performing minorities: Feminists, LGBT-types, and Khazars (who dominate HR departments) are cold blooded killers.

      • listenupbub

        How do you make it bold?

        Great comment, by the way. I also believe that multiculturalism really is doing a number on our psyches.

        • AndrewInterrupted

          It’s HTML. Put a b inside left and right arrows on the left side of your sentence and a b/ between left and right arrows at the end of your sentence.

  • listenupbub

    The idea that people feel anxiety for no reason at all is bogus. They might not understand what they are to fear and why, but there is a reason.

    Multiculturalism, broken and nonexistent communities, lack of self-determination of a people group, loathing of oneself, fear of ostracism from society, and more are all things to feel anxious about.

    • LHathaway

      The classic evaluation is that those who suffer stress, in the present day where no stress is apparent likely suffered some kind of trauma during childhood. It’s not a stretch to say that the take-away from this article is one can subject humans to anything and it could not possibly harm them, nothing to worry about.

      • SentryattheGate

        Yes, my thoughts too! There are those of us who had a parent raised amongst so much trauma (as survivors of war and Holocaust), that the offspring also reaped it’s repercussions.

        • Weisheit77

          We’ve got survivors and descendents of the capital H Holocaust on here? wow.

          • SentryattheGate

            Ja, Weisheit, meine Mutter. She was from a Catholic German family; her very wealthy, influential father repeatedly spoke out, finally killed by the SS, and the kids put into forced-labor camps. Her experience left her w/a lot of anxiety and certainly had it’s effect on her parenting.

      • listenupbub

        People do suffer a lot of stress in the present day, it is just different in nature to stress from immediate physical danger.

    • Spikeygrrl

      With respect, ideopathic anxiety disorders are anything BUT “bogus.” Try living around someone who has one. The symptoms are EXTREMELY physical and can hit you right out of the blue anywhere at all: school, work, church, supermarket, shopping mall, et cetera ad infinitum.

      I myself have suffered from an anxiety disorder since grade shool. The best description of it I have ever heard was from actor Kim Basinger, who has also lived with an anxiety disorder from an early age: “It’s like being hit by lightning half a dozen times a day.”

      Bottom line: If talk therapy helps you, yay! You don’t have a clinical anxiety disorder, you’re just a worrywart. 😉 But if talk therapy does NOT work and medication DOES, welcome to the wonderful world of clinical anxiety. 🙁

      PLEASE recall this information the next time you’re tempted to pooh-pooh an idiopathic disorder of which you clearly know little to nothing.

      • meanqueen

        Listenupbub is partially correct, I think – in that there probably are many people whose anxiety has an origin they just haven’t identified yet. But you are correct also that it is often due to a chemical problem in the brain and is there despite having an otherwise happy life. Vit B deficiency can cause anxiety, and excess sugar consumption depletes the body of Vit B. We know the western diet contains an excess of processed sugars and simple carbohydrates. Also, a deficiency in Omega 3s can cause anxiety. Lastly, lack of exercise plays a role, as does lack of sleep. For those who want to try a natural approach, cut out ALL processed sugars, take megadoses of fish oil (only brands with Vit E added), and exercise daily and get enough sleep. Many have anxious depression – simple dehydration can cause depression so drink enough water (but not too much – I find myself annoyed by people who walk around all day sipping a water bottle – not necessary!) There have been some studies on fish oil showing that it is as effective at controlling anxiety and depression as pharmaceuticals.

        • listenupbub

          Studies have also shown that placebos are getting ever more effective…

      • ElComadreja

        I suffered from frequent panic attacks for years.

      • listenupbub

        Well, I can’t leave on this note, so I gotta launch into the full defense- be forewarned.

        First off, from one crazy to the next, I also have an anxiety disorder, a bad one. I imagine a lot of people who go on websites like this are a little cuckoo. And I have indeed tried to look into this stuff, though I am no expert.

        I do believe there are biological effects on anxiety, no brainer. I was sensitive in the crib. I do not believe in “chemical imbalances in the brain” that “cause” anxiety. I believe as much as this story says, which is that some people are more sensitive to the chemicals that cause anxiety.

        One reason I look towards social causes of anxiety is that the rates of anxiety disorders are *skyrocketing* in modern times, like the past few decades. They were skyrocketing when I was at university, which the professors could not seem to explain. One would expect that the anxiety genes would slowly get weeded out by evolution, especially in the past 80 years as it has become more common to _not_ get married and to have few kids.

        As for being struck by anxiety-lightning, my explanation will be weird, but here goes:

        Studies have shown that people with social anxiety might have higher social intelligence (by testing facial recognition). The researchers found that we look at faces for only a fraction of the time, but remember faces much better. Basically, we get too much information.

        Because of heightened senses and intelligence, we sense social dangers better and quicker. We are able to sense dangers even before we are consciously aware of what they are. We are able to sense dangers that others do not understand, that we don’t necessarily understand, perhaps long term dangers to our genetic survival.

        Anxious people also suffer from racing thoughts, almost unanimously. So you do not have to be in a social situation to even have an anxiety-inducing thought.

        The least anxious people I know are also the most naive. I know many “confident” guys who get constantly rejected by girls because they are _obviously_ out of shape and dorky, but they are totally oblivious to it. This is considered a good thing, I guess, but it is a sign of low social intelligence, IMO.

  • Of course blacks are less anxious. I could have predicted that. “Uhhh, your girlfriend is having a kid. How are you going to support your child?” “Huh? I dunno. she-it. Wad duh fu**…” Then, you go on questioning him: “Well, I don’t think you should be selling drugs. There are serious penalties to doing that..” “Wa? Uhhh, man. she-it. I iz gonna make me a lots a muny an she-it. Diz wuz up. knomesayin, dawg?” Simple observation of Negro behavior is all one needs. “Knomesayin?”

  • LHathaway

    Nothing to see here . . . 50 years of insane liberalism hasn’t damaged us, all this dysfunction is predetermined by our genes. Some, of course, have better genes than others. There are still those die-hard’s that say environment matters. And those who say it is all in our genes. It turns out, some things are cause by genetics. They aren’t ignorant bigots after all. Alcoholism, ADHD, depression, drug use, serious mental illness, suicide susceptibility, obsession-compulsion, homosexuality: these things are all caused by genes (so there’s no reason for us to concern ourselves with them?). We’re learning more every day. Everything else wrong with this world is caused by an oppressive system that is unfair to some.

    • listenupbub

      Yes, *of course* white people’s problems are due to our “sinful nature,” and everyone else’s problems are due to our “sins.”

      Don’t we all agree about that in the civilized world?

  • MBlanc46

    “Don’t worry, be happy!”

    • TL2014

      As always, your sum it up brilliantly! 🙂

  • John Ambrose

    This reminds me of Rushton’s rule of 3: Asians are at one end of the spectrum, blacks at the other and whites somewhere in between, usually closer to Asians. Curiously suicide rates follow the same pattern; Asians first, then whites and then blacks. Maybe this “feel-good” gene plays a role in that phenomenon.

    • SentryattheGate

      Don’t worry, be happy! I think blacks are more childlike in their thinking and therefore less worried, and then they have the welfare safety net too. You made an interesting point about suicide rates.

      • John Ambrose

        There are many people who claim that even if the black race has the highest proportion of dullards (well actually Austroloids do), most prone to aggression, anti-social behavior etc. society shouldn’t discuss or acknowledge this because it would irreparable damage to their psyches. But given that they’re the most care-free, happy-go-lucky of the 3 main races seems to undermine the concern that they’d be psychologically devastated by widespread public acknowledgement of race differences.

        • listenupbub

          They don’t hardly understand a word we are saying anyways.

      • ElComadreja

        They never mature beyond an adolescent level.

    • Jason Lewis

      Evolution. People who, in colder climates, worried more probably prepared more for winter and survived to pass on genes. People who were in warm climates could wander around without a care in the world.

    • Light from the East

      That explains why most Asians worry about their future, then comes Caucasians, and finally Negroes.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    Western Europeans also have a high prevalence in DRD3 gene expression, which makes them super altruists. The DRD3 gene is also believed to be one of the epigenetic ones.
    Wiki: OCPD and read of Millon’s sub-types. That’s the DRD3 gene at work.

  • Reverend Bacon

    This might help explain the dramatic differences in suicide rates, and why blacks score so much higher in “self-esteem” despite, well, you know.

  • Itooktheredpill

    I have always been amazed at my Puerto rican friends ability to be constantly relaxed and happy go lucky despite his life being a complete mess. The kid came from a middle class background and yet squandered every opportunity thrown at him. He has been unemployed for 2 years now, goes out 3-5 times a week until 7 am, sleeps until 4-5 pm and does way to many drugs. Whenever I suggest he get his life together he usually agrees but has this incredible ability to just put it on the back burner, the epitome of the “mañana” mentality.

    I am the complete opposite in that if I have things that need to be done, or my life is generally unorganized and without purpose I constantly have that voice in the back of my head that pushes me to fix the problem, to make things better. I cant completely relax until the problems have been addressed in a satisfactory manner.

    On a side note though he is a puerto rican race realist, and we joke about how the reason he struggles to make it in 21st century white society is because he was meant to be running around the amazon half naked with a spear. Not even kidding, he is a good sport lol.

  • Light from the East

    New York Slimes talks about the feel-good gene but never talks about the criminal gene. Double Standard?

    • JohnEngelman

      Several years ago I read an essay in The New York Times that said that liberals do not like to be told anything bad about blacks and homosexuals. I suspect that essay was read by the editors and reporters of The New York Times. It may have been e-mailed to them by the publisher to make sure they got the point.

  • JohnEngelman

    According to recent data from the HapMap, an international project that studies genetic similarities and differences in humans, roughly 21 percent of Americans of European descent, 14 percent of Han Chinese living in China and 45 percent of Yoruban Nigerians have been found to carry this gene variant.

    – Richard A. Friedman, New York Times, March 6, 2015

    Science is discovering much truth in the old racial stereotypes. The happy go lucky Negro has the the FAAH gene.

  • Diana Moon Glampers

    Golly gee, Beav! Another trait that follows the bell curve! Who woulda thunk it?

  • Nancy

    Someone let me know when the synthetic version of this hits store shelves.

  • Alexandra1973

    Must be just me, but it’s almost like they’re screeching, “How dare some people have more of a certain trait than others! We’re supposed to be equal!”

    • Weisheit77

      I feel like they’re writing it more from the surprised angle. We all know that everyone is the same but, “interestingly”…

      It would have been interesting to me if it would have been equally distributed amongst the races. Seeing it spread about differently in various “ethnic” groups is exactly what I would have expected.

  • Weisheit77

    Someone brought up the ice people thing, but one the flip side, not worrying would be wonderful in a environment where chaos reigns, places like Africa.

    I’ve often times wished I could turn my brain off. A half bottle of Islay scotch isn’t even strong enough to do it.

  • Weisheit77

    The new chicken and the egg question… Which came first the anxiety or the planning? Is anxiety the result of planning or is planning the result of anxiety?

  • ElComadreja

    I first observed many years ago that drugs affect blacks and whites differently. Pot mellows out most whites where it seems to have no effect at all on the black propensity towards violence. It may even lower their inhibition towards it much like alcohol.

  • Augustus3709

    It takes brains to feel bad.

    Feeling bad makes you want to make things better.

    Making things better leads to civilization.