Mathieu Ricard
Mathieu Ricard







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American researchers have found the happiest man in the world

021112 Russian newspaper

He was a 66-year-old monk from a monastery in Kathmandu named Mathieu Ricard, a Frenchman by birth.

About Mathieu Ricard it is known that he was born in the family of the philosopher Jean-Francois Revel and the painter Jani Le Tumelin. About 40 years ago, Mathieu left Paris and went to India to comprehend Buddhism. Now he has become close to the Dalai Lama himself and gained fame and respect among Western theologians. He devotes his free time to research, and in 2011 he published a book about meditation. About this newspaper tells The Daily Mail.

The secret of his happy life lies in daily meditation.

Mathieu agreed to become an object of study for scientists from the University of Wisconsin. They scanned his brain right during the meditation that Mathieu conducted. Scanning with 256 sensors attached to his head showed that during the prayer the monk's brain emitted such a level of gamma waves associated with consciousness, attention, learning and memory, which had never been recorded in neurobiology before. Scientists noted at the same time great activity in the left prefrontal cortex of his brain. It was the activation of this zone that gave Mathieu feelings of happiness and well-being.

The effects of meditation and other practices that have a positive effect on the brain, scientists have studied for 12 years. As a result, neuroscientists have obtained evidence that meditation, practiced for a long time (approximately 5000 times), has a very positive effect on a person’s mood.

"This is a wonderful area of study, because it shows that meditation is not just thinking under a mango tree. It completely changes your brain and therefore changes you," said neuroscientist Richard Davidson.


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