Heights of Happiness

I love this article. It shows how we can change our lives dramatically, let go of what we know and hold dear and be happy. Agence France-Presse writes in the Oman Tribune that French geneticist-turned-ascetic Matthieu Ricard is the happiest person in the world.  He is seen grinning serenely with burgundy robes billowing  in the fresh Himalayan wind.

Now a Tibetan Buddhist monk living in the Himalayas, the  molecular geneticist and confidant of the Dalai Lama, says  meditation can alter the brain and increase happiness.  He makes a comparison with the way lifting weights puts on muscle. He believes the mechanism of happiness and suffering can be understood through a science  of the mind.

“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,” the Frenchman said.


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