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Hating Your Job Linked to Genetics

Blame It on Mom and Dad If You Hate Your Job

It's not the job, it's you. Did you ever stop to think about the possibility of you (or rather your genetic makeup) being the one to blame for the job you hate? Apparently, those with certain genes are predisposed to dislike their jobs, while others have genes that make them more likely to enjoy the daily grind, according to a new study in the Journal of Applied Psychology.

In fact, hating your job runs in families, and the genes that cause this job dissatisfaction are inherited. The authors of the study, Zhaoli Song, Wendong Li, and Richard Arvey, found that a dopamine receptor gene and a serotonin transporter gene in participants were associated with being happy with their nine to five.

Growing up, I looked to my parents as role models, and seeing them enjoying their jobs definitely inspired me to chase my passions and strive to attain a job I love. It's not just genetic; I think your parents can teach you how to enjoy your career by example. What about you — how did your parents feel about their jobs, and how has that affected you?

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