DNA of a happy life

Do you think you could lead a happy married life? The answer is in your genes, a new study has said.

Although prior research has hinted that marital quality is, at least partially, impacted by genetic factors, and that oxytocin may be relevant to social support, according to recent studies, variation on specific genes related to oxytocin functioning impact overall marital quality, in part. 

They are relevant to how partners provide and receive support from each other.

The study evaluated whether different genotypes - possible genetic combinations of the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR)- influenced how spouses support one another, which is a key determinant of overall marital quality. 

The researchers hope their findings provide the foundation for replication and additional study of OXTR as an enduring determinant of marital functioning.—IANS