World’s Happiest Man? How meditation changes the brain and what you are

You know that exercise is vital to a fit body. What can you do to improve the functioning of your brain, and thus yourself and your life? Or even simply to be happier?

In an October 2012 article in the Daily Mail, french neuroscientists report their findings about possibly the ‘world’s happiest man’. Matthieu Ricard, a French monk, brain activity in areas related to compassion and happiness are highest reported in neuroscience history. The results are attributed to his meditation practice.

Ricard: ‘Meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree but it completely changes your brain’  (Daily Mail)

Matthieu Ricard said, ‘It’s a wonderful area of research because it shows that meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree but it completely changes your brain and therefore changes what you are.’

Ricard is the author of “The Art of Meditation” (an international bestseller), where he explains how to meditate and why he hopes people will incorporate it into their lives.

Even a few minutes of meditation every day can make a profound difference in your life. Fitting meditation time into your day is easy:

  • Gaze at the sky or a beautiful picture of nature.
  • Take a walk with the intention of appreciating whatever or whoever you see.
  • Take a few minutes of quiet time to start or end the day.
2013-02-10 Goseong Dinosaur Park

The ocean as seen from Goseong Dinosaur Park in South Korea

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