I love to be happy. Don’t you? And in my daily search on the Internet for Good News everywhere, I found this delightful article about the Secret to Happiness Revealed by the World’s Happiest Man. And he said that it Takes Only 20 Minutes a Day to be Happy!
So, who is this happiest man in the world? He is none other than Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard. According to Country Living, he has all the answers on how to be happy and remain happy.
Read on to find out how to be just as happy as he is.
Who is the World’s Happiest Man?
His name is Mattheiu Ricard, and he is a Tibetan Buddhist monk. He was originally from France. About 40 years ago, he packed up his bags and moved to India. There, he studied about Buddhism.
How Do We Know He is the World’s Happiest Man?
He took part in a study of the brain. The study took 12 years and was led by neuroscientist Dr Richard Davidson from the University of Wisconsin. The entire study was centered around meditation and compassion.
Dr Davidson and his team monitored Ricard’s brain during his meditations. They used 256 sensors. And found that his mind is extremely light, happy and conscious. After the long 12-year study, they concluded that he is the happiest man on planet Earth.
So what is the secret to his happiness?
Meditation is the Key
Years ago, when I attended meditation classes, the teacher (an elderly medical doctor) taught us that meditation can change our brain activity as well as bring many health benefits. This includes a happier mind and being. I find this to be true. And so does Mattheiu Ricard.
In the study, the scans showed and proved this to be true. When Ricard meditated, his brain produced immense amounts of gamma waves. These waves are linked to consciousness, attention, learning and memory.
In addition, the left prefrontal cortex of the left side of his brain showed a lot of activity. This area helps with reducing negativity and hence, making a person much happier.
As we meditate, we are exercising our brain. Much like we exercise any muscle in our body. This is known as neuroplasticity. And just like any muscle in our body, the more we do it, the more benefits we reap for us. This was also the same thing my meditation teacher taught.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is simply a practice to exercise the brain. The exercise is to focus our attention on one thing. As we focus on one thing, we allow thoughts to emerge but we do not dwell on them.
As we focus our attention on one thing, our minds begin to clear. And after some time, we begin to relax. Ultimately, we achieve stillness and silence that brings us insights, wisdom and pure awareness.
One of the things that we can focus on, and that is easy to focus on, is our breath. This is called Breath Meditation.
What is Breath Meditation?
This is one of the easiest way to practice meditation. And it can be totally non religious. What you do is simply focus on your breath.
The practice is to be mindful. This means your mind is filled with nothing but thoughts of your breath. Keep your mind from wandering and be in the present moment.
You can learn more about Breath Meditation in my article where I explain more about this practice. I have even created a video for you to listen and practice by following my guidance.
What Are the Benefits of Meditation?
There are many benefits of meditation. One of the most significant benefit is helping people to sleep better. Meditation helps people to relax. And to clear out thoughts from the mind. As a result, this practice enables you to be able to sleep better.
Meditation can also help to relief stress. By focusing on one thing, we become more relaxed, and our nerves are calmed.
There have been reports that meditation can improve our physical health. There are even people who said that meditation helped them fight cancer, and go into remission.
This practice can also help people to have more feelings of kindness and love. Imagine if everyone in the world practiced meditation, and everyone on this world is as happy as Ricard. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful world?
How Do I Practice Meditation?
Is it really true that to be as happy as Ricard, we have to meditate 20 minutes a day?
The answer is yes. Even longer if possible, and you will reap the many benefits and more. As a beginner, start with 10 minutes. Then longer as you get better at meditation.
An important thing to note, especially for a beginner, is to practice regularly in a conducive environment. Ideal conditions can assist you to get into a meditative state much more easily. And as such, will encourage you to meditate more often.
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Timotheus has been meditating since a child. He believes thoughts become things. And shares posts to encourage everyone to have a positive mind. He also shares his spiritual knowledge and experience when he can in the articles he writes. To learn more about him, and Flowing Love Meditation, Click Here.