#Science & #Startups : Health, Wellness, Habits and. Genes
We had a great and intimate event at IJsfontein last week. In our exerted effort to combine science and startups this year, we had two great speakers: Prof. Meike Bartels from Department of Biological Psychology at VU University who presented us with the current state of the art on effects of genes on the overall happiness and wellbeing. Going all the way back to 1988 with Tellegen presenting findings that almost 50% of human happiness factor is contributed to genes, Bartel’s studies, as well as many others, confirm the impact with the ranges of 30-70% (seems like Kendler in 11 is an outlier with the whopping 70%)
One interesting thing that grabbed my attention is the survey that was performed by Northwestern University and UMass: “Lottery winners and accident victims: Is Happiness relative?”. The study was performed across controls, winners and victims and took a qualitative measurement of their past, present and future outlook – result: “even though external forces are constantly changing our lives and our life goals, happiness is a relatively constant state”
The above pic is not related to genes at all, but I had to include this great visualization from a study performed across keyword activation and human emotions. Our Anne and Kasia pointed out that “Love and Happiness are almost the same!”
Next up was a great speaker, entrepreneur and someone who years ago committed to being and staying healthy, Renato Valdés Olmos. He had one slide – “Move more with human” – which captures the founder’s motto to make moving more fun for everyone. In 2012, Renato and Paul Veugen mapped out their vision (probably on a napkin like any other entrepreneur) and came up with Human.co which today helps you move for 30 minutes or more by using what everyone has in their pockets - a mobile phone (currently only iOS). The journey he told us about inspired many in the room and we hope to hear more from him and the team on their developments!
Would love to hear more from you on how you are managing your habit changes!