The happiest man

Did you know that the emotion of happiness can be detected in the brain? That the left prefrontal cortex is responsible for general feelings of happiness and a reduced propensity towards negativity?

Matthew Ricard, a 70-year old Tibetan Buddhist monk, has a left prefrontal cortex that measures off the charts, which is why he's been billed by brain scientists as "the happiest man on Earth."

Although he obviously meditates daily, Ricard suggests that the real secret to his extraordinary amount of happiness is... altruism. Instead of thinking "me, me, me" all the time, we should think more about how we can help others.

"If your mind is filled with benevolence ... this is a very healthy state of mind that is conducive to flourishing."

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