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.

11 Comments on "Scientists Declare Buddhist Monk The World’s Happiest Person"

  1. Captain Obvious | Nov 5, 2012 at 11:29 am |

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

    • 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 | Nov 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm |

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

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

      • Sakata Gintoki | Nov 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm |

        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 | Nov 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm |

      Sarcasm, ftw?

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

  3. DeepCough | Nov 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm |

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. kowalityjesus | Aug 29, 2013 at 10:27 pm |

    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.

Comments are closed.