French scientist and geneticist Matthieu Ricard is the happiest person 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 religii.
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 have been scanned the brains Mathieu during meditation.
As shown by scanning, while meditating Gamma brain wave activity Ricard significantly increased. The researchers believe that excessive activity in the left prefrontal cortex, compared to the right, giving the monk abnormally large capacity for happiness, and reduces the tendency to depressiyam.
A study of the phenomenon known as "neuroplasticity", is in its infancy and Ricard takes part in most studies of this phenomenon held around miru.
"We tried to achieve this effect for 12 years, studying people who have recently started practicing meditation and practicing it for years" - says the researcher. "We found excellent results for those who have long been practicing meditation, namely, those who meditated for 50,000 times and more. But there is a positive change and those who practice meditation three times a week for 20 minutes per day. "
"These findings suggest that meditation - is not just a sweet half-asleep under a tree, and more. This is what changes your brain and, therefore, you and me. " The scientist believes that meditation affects the human brain, making him happier, and developing his muscles.
Son of philosopher Jean-Francois Revel and artist Lee Yahne Tomilin, Matthieu Ricard gained fame after the release of the book "The Monk and the Philosopher," which was written with his father. The book is conducted a dialogue about the meaning of life. In 2011, the monk has released a practical guide "The art of meditation" in which he explains the benefits of meditation.