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Being miserable might be in your genes

sitting_on_curb_holding_sign_12927Brits, Americans and the French are born to be miserable according to UK research.

People from Britain and America have apparently have a short-form version of a gene that regulates levels of serotonin, the chemical linked to happiness and French people have the shortest of all. No wonder we think of the French as Les Miserables!

The Danes however, who often top the league of happy countries, and the Netherlands have the lowest proportion of people with the short-form version. This means that Americans with ancestors from Denmark would also be happier.

Professor Andrew Oswald’s team at Warwick University looked at 131 different countries. Genetics turned out to be one of the most important factors in determining happiness.

Happiness league tables often take into account job satisfaction, health, wealth, education and political stability. Have a look at the OECD Happiness Index and decide for yourself.

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Ways for women to be more French

france_flag_perspective_anim_500_wht_3642According to author and style guru Caroline de Maigret in her new book “How to be Parisian wherever you are”

Well Parisians are known for their rudeness and said not to be typical of French people generally so why is latest book doing so well? Stefanie Marsh interviewed her  in the Times magazine this week to try to throw some light on the matter.

Here are some of the tips distilled form her piece;

  • Put your mascara on at bedtime (to get a perfect smudged effect in the morning)
  • Have sex 3 times a week
  • Frown
  • If you’re not frowning flirt
  • Wear high heels in the delivery room – never surrender (is that the best they can do? An English couple had sex in the delivery room this week!)
  • Always be late
  • Fake designer bags are like fake boobs and won’t fix your insecurity
  • Never be friends with your children
  • Always look as if you are gazing into the sunset, even in the supermarket
  • Either let your hair go completely grey or colour it – no half-way salt and pepper
  • Talk so softly people have to lean in to hear you
  • Look pre-occupied
  • Don’t wear padded bras (you’ll only disappoint your lover when he takes it off)
  • Only wash your hair once a week
  • Androgyny is popular
  • Tattoos are frowned on (“be blank” is the new trend)
  • Speak in quotes
  • Don’t use abbreviations when texting
  • Never hire a pretty babysitter
  • Talk politics with your mouth and sex with your eyes
  • It’s vulgar to look rich
  • Never underestimate the power of lingerie
  • Don’t try too hard
  • Less is more. look undone
  • Don’t brush your hair
  • Wear only grey, black or navy and perhaps beige on a sunny day
  • Don’t fasten the belt on your coat

Apparently French women don’t “date” they just go out for dinner and see what happens.

Looks like hard work to me and they sound so miserable and in need of a good wash!