French scientist and geneticist Matthieu Ricard is the happiest man in the world, according to researchers. 66-year-old scientist threw science 40 years ago and moved to India to study Buddhism. Now he is — one of the trustees of the Dalai Lama, and is one of the most respected Western followers of religion.
As it turned out, daily meditation has other advantages — it makes Ricard happier.
The study, conducted among hundreds of people practicing meditation, a neuroscientist Richard Davidson of the University of Wisconsin, attached to the head monk 256 sensors that were to scan the brain Mathieu during meditation.
As shown by scanning during meditation Gamma brain wave activity Ricard significantly increased.
The researchers believe that excessive activity in the left prefrontal cortex, compared with the right, the monk gives an abnormally high potential for happiness, but also lowers the propensity to depression.
Exploration of the phenomenon known as "neuroplasticity," is in its infancy and Ricard participates in most studies of this phenomenon, held around the world.
"We tried to achieve this effect for 12 years, exploring the people who have recently started practicing meditation and practicing it for many years," — says the researcher. "We found excellent results in those who practiced meditation for a long time, namely, those who meditated for 50,000 times and more. But there are positive changes in those who practice meditation three times a week for 20 minutes a day."
"These results show that meditation — is not just a sweet half-asleep under a tree, and more. This is something that changes your brain and, therefore, you and me."
Scientists believe that meditation affects the brain, making him happier, and developing his muscles.
Son of the philosopher Jean-Francois Revel and artist Lee Yahne Tomilin, Matthieu Ricard gained fame after the release of the book "The Monk and the Philosopher", written with his father. The book is a dialogue about the meaning of life.
In 2011, the monk produced a practical guide "The Art of Meditation" in which he explains the benefits of meditation.