Matthieu Ricard, a French molecular geneticist and confidant of the Dalai Lama, was recently declared by scientists to be the world’s happiest man. A series of brain scans that were done at the University of Wisconsin revealed that Ricard has the largest capacity for happiness ever recorded. Ricard passionately believes that regular meditation “completely changes your brain and therefore changes what you are”. It can improve people's happiness much like lifting weights or exercising helps to put on muscle. Ricard also believes that anyone can be happy if they take the time to train their brain.
As we deal with the pace of modern family life and the stresses of world events, maybe the answer to finding balance and happiness is as simple as taking a little time each day to focus on what makes us happy and what we are grateful for.
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