Scientists Declare Buddhist Monk The World’s Happiest Person

Happiness is a gamma wave. Via Oddity Central:

Matthieu Ricard was declared the happiest man on Earth by a group of scientists after it was discovered his brain produces a level of gamma waves never before reported in the field of neuroscience.

A former molecular geneticist who left his life and career behind to discover the secrets of Buddhism, Ricard is now one of the most celebrated monks in the Himalayas and a trusted advisor of the Dalai Lama. In 2009, neuroscientist Richard Davidson wired up the French monk’s head with 256 sensors as part of a research project on hundreds of advanced practitioners of meditation.

The scans showed something remarkable: when meditating on compassion, Ricard’s brain produced a level of gamma waves linked to consciousness, attention, learning and memory that were never even reported before in neuroscience literature. Furthermore, the scans scans also showed excessive activity in his brain’s left prefrontal cortex, giving him an abnormally large capacity for happiness and a reduced propensity towards negativity.

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  • Captain Obvious

    But, there’s no such thing as spirituality because materialism.

    • chacha

      Wow, you know so much, Captain. Your argument is so sound. What you are displaying is called…. ignorance. You do not understand, therefore shhhhhh

      • razzlebathbone

        Captain, I’m detecting damage to the sarcasm detector.
        And redundancy in the department of redundancy department.

        • imma h

          sarcasm tags not found … evaluation error … redo from start
          [edit : ps: :-D]

      • Sakata Gintoki

        Most faith and religions are only there to help motivate people to stay moral and preferably happy as well. They motivate most of the weak, pathetic humans to keep going with their lives regardless of the pressures of the society. If one can rise above the society without any sort of faith or spirituality, the end result is the same.

    • bobbiethejean

      Sarcasm, ftw?

  • Poop

    I bet he never meditates on excrement because that would never bring a smile.

    • Uncle Ziggy

      You are not enjoying when you poop?

  • DeepCough

    “A former molecular geneticist who left his life and career behind…..”

    Well, shit, no wonder he’s so happy.

  • 1plakat

    Probably has a rich inner world from meditating. My inner world consists of memories from old girlfriends, irrational fears and a few main stream hiphop songs.

  • kowalityjesus

    This reminds me of my hypothesis that sin does not necessarily CAUSE one to go to hell so much as it INDICATES one whose destination is hell. Thank God for making my path clear and constantly guiding me.

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