“Who is the happiest man in the world? If you Google it, the name “Matthieu Ricard” pops up.
“Matthieu Ricard, 69, is a Tibetan Buddhist monk originally from France who has been called “the world’s happiest man.”
“That’s because he participated in a 12-year brain study on meditation and compassion led by a neuroscientist from the University of Wisconsin, Richard Davidson.
“Simple Capacity details the findings:
“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 said. The scans 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.”
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