Monday, January 22, 2007

Quote of the Day: The World's Happiest Man

Matthieu Ricard, 60, a French academic-turned-Buddhist monk, interpreter to the Dalai Lama, labelled the 'world's happiest man' after MRI images of his brain showed extraordinary left pre-frontal cortex activity associated with positive emotions, and suppressed activity for the right side associated with negative emotions. (The results were consistent with, although much more prominent than, images for other meditators)
The mind is malleable. Our life can be greatly transformed by even a minimal change in how we manage our thoughts and perceive and interpret the world. Happiness is a skill. It requires effort and time.

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