Matthieu Ricard has been named by scientists as the “world’s happiest man.” At 69-years-old, this Tibetan Buddhist monk has apparently found the meaning of life and is living it happily each and every day. How? Well, the answer is simple…
Ricard participated in a 12-year study on meditation and compassion. A neuroscientist from the University of Wisconsin hooked Ricard up to 256 sensors and discovered something incredible!
The scans showed that when meditating on compassion, Ricard’s brain produces a level of gamma waves — those linked to consciousness, attention, learning and memory — ‘never reported before in the neuroscience literature’, Davidson viascans also showed excessive activity in his brain’s left prefrontal cortex compared to its right counterpart, allowing him an abnormally large capacity for happiness and a reduced propensity towards negativity.”
So that’s the hard evidence that Ricard isn’t just making it all up. He really IS (probably) the happiest guy alive. His secret is even easier to understand.
Spend 15 continuous minutes a day thinking happy thoughts.
Yep, that’s right. Every person has the potential for goodness inside of them. Tapping into that potential and focusing on positive emotions will help your brain, over time, to gain a more positive outlook on life. Stop thinking about yourself, your problems, and things that make you upset. Think about how you can help those around you and ways to give back to society. Concentrate on happiness and love, and don’t let your mind get distracted. With only 10 to 15 per day of this exercise, you can be as happy as “the happiest guy on Earth,” and it’ll start to really change your life, according to him!
Who doesn’t like to be happy? Try this out for a week or two and see if it doesn’t change your perspective on life!