Almost all the time when we tune into research being performed about genetics, there is a connection to some type of illness or defect – be it physical or mental. Don’t get me wrong! This stuff is very important and we have good reason to be studying these types of things – learning about genetic tendencies and how types of genes are now being linked to deformities is nothing less than fascinating and bound to help many people in the future.
But one of the things I don’t see much about is the connection of positive attributes or positive qualities being studied with regard to genetics. Here’s an example of where I’m going with this.
When I was in my mid to late teens, whenever anyone called our house, everyone had a really difficult time determining whether it was my mother or me or even my sisters who answered the phone. And when I say ‘everyone’ had a tough time with it, I mean everyone, even my aunts and grandparents. Nobody was able to tell us apart when we spoke. That was because of how similar all our voices sounded.
And since my mother came from a family of singers, we sounded similar when we sang too. And, oh yeah, we all could sing – without lessons or without training. I believe we ‘inherited’ the singing gene.
I think it would make for some interesting findings if researchers could study families (we already established that large groups like large families make for great subjects,) they would learn about how positive and healthy traits are transmitted genetically too.
Like – what genes are involved in families who have healthy metabolisms, or in people who come from families where lots of family members live into the late 90s or 100s? (Remember the old commercial for Dannon Yogurt where they went to the mountains in Asia somewhere to find healthy older people?)
I would love to hear about these studies too.
Maybe we should get input from each other as to the types of things we would like to see researched. Is there anything in particular you can think of (be creative) that would make for fascinating research?
Add your voice here and let’s see what we come up with.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Judy is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked extensively as a counselor with children, adolescents, couples and families. Judy’s professional experience in the mental health field along with her love of writing, provide insight into real-life experiences and relationships. Her fresh voice and down-to-earth approach to living a happier, more meaningful life are easy to understand and just as easy to start implementing right away for positive results!