Hey, Nice Genes!

Researchers link hormone receptors to kindness

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

The next time someone praises you for being such a nice person, you can just shrug, and respond, “Hey, I was born that way.”

ScienceDaily reports a study published this month in the journal Psychological Science finds those with certain forms of oxytocin and vasopressin receptors are more generous; several genes regulate receptors' functioning.

“So if one of your neighbors seems really generous, caring, a civic-minded kind of person, while another seems more selfish, tight-fisted and not as interested in pitching in, their DNA may help explain why one of them is nicer than the other,” lead author Michel Poulin tells the website. “We aren't saying we've found the niceness gene. But we have found a gene that makes a contribution.”

We really need to get this manufactured in pill form.

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