All it takes is 15 minutes a day to increase your happiness say Matthieu Ricard, a Tibetan Buddist monk who is widely known as the world’s happiest man. He received this title as a result of a 12-year brain study which showed excessive activity in the left prefrontal cortex of his brain in comparison to the right. This indicates he has an abnormally large capacity for happiness and a reduced propensity toward negativity.
Business Insider interviewed Ricard and his advice on how to be happier was to mentally train with meditation. He said, “With mental training, we can always bring [our level of happiness] to a different level. It's like running. If I train, I might run a marathon. I might not become an Olympic champion, but there is a huge difference between training and not training. So why should that not apply to the mind? ... There is a view that benevolence, attention, emotional balance and resilience are skills that can be trained. So if you put them all together, you could say that happiness is a skill that can be trained.”
The article goes on to explain how each of us can train our minds to be happier. “Start by thinking happy thoughts for 10 to 15 minutes a day", Ricard says. "Typically when we experience feelings of happiness and love, it’s fleeting and then something else happens, and we move on to the next thought. Instead, concentrate on not letting your mind get distracted, and keep focused on the positive emotions for the next stretch of time.”
The science backs up his advice and also shows you don’t have to become on monk or mediate for hours every day to increase your happiness. University of Wisconsin neuroscientist, Richard Davidson found in a study he conducted that even 20 minutes of daily meditation can make people much happier overall.
In summary, here are some steps you can take to increase your happiness, and who doesn’t want to do that?!
For more information, check out the full article here - http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-be-happier-according-to-matthieu-ricard-the-worlds-happiest-man-2016-1
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