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Mon Nov 5, 2012, 03:09 PM

This Buddhist Monk Is The World's Happiest Man



Frankie Taggart, Agence France Presse | Nov. 5, 2012, 10:56 AM

As he grins serenely and his burgundy robes billow in the fresh Himalayan wind, it is not difficult to see why scientists declared Matthieu Ricard the happiest man they had ever tested.

The monk, molecular geneticist and confidant of the Dalai Lama, is passionately setting out why meditation can alter the brain and improve people's happiness in the same way that lifting weights puts on muscle.

"It's a wonderful area of research because it shows that meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree but it completely changes your brain and therefore changes what you are," the Frenchman told AFP.

Ricard, a globe-trotting polymath who left everything behind to become a Tibetan Buddhist in a Himalayan hermitage, says anyone can be happy if they only train their brain.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-scientists-figured-out-who-the-worlds-happiest-man-is-2012-11

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:20 PM

1. I like his smile!

...and now for my bit of snarkatude...

What I should be practicing is NOT reading the posts in the Politics 2012 forum! I would be much, much happier!

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Response to SoapBox (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:43 PM

2. It's not so much that you read the Politics 2012 forum, it's how and why you read Politics 2012!

Looking forward to this being over soon.



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Response to ellisonz (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 01:21 AM

3. "Looking forward to this being over soon."

I'm readying my long and heavy, deep breath in...hold it...and REALLY let it go.

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Response to SoapBox (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 01:22 AM

4. Speaking of which

Bill Maher about an hour ago
I know everyone's feeling stressed about the election - I suggest some deep breathing exercises - breathe in...hold the smoke..breathe out


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Response to ellisonz (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 11:19 PM

6. FYI...I'm letting that BIG breathe go!

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Response to SoapBox (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 07:55 PM

7. Me too. My meditation was bringing up too many stressors so I stopped for awhile.

I feel back on track already!

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 01:37 PM

5. I loved his book. What an amazing person. nt

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:50 AM

8. I have the book "The Art of Happiness" by the Dalai Lama. I haven't read the whole thing....

but I've read a large part of it.

One of the main ways to be truly happy is.....guess what?

(at least, that's what I've gathered from the book so far)

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