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Friday, January 9, 2009

Happiness and Science

Posted on Happy Minds!

Can people increase their level of happiness—and experience associated benefits to health—by learning and practicing meditation as a skill? The answer appears to be yes, says Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison. Based on his research, Dr. Davidson likens meditation to certain other trainable skills that produce changes in the brain and body, such as playing a musical instrument or being proficient in a sport. His research group has studied meditation extensively in subjects ranging from Tibetan Buddhist monks who have meditated intensively for decades to college students with no previous meditation experience.



  1. This sounds very interesting, but unfortunately the link does not seem to work anymore. Just pointing it out :)

  2. The link has been replaced. It is now pointing to the scientific article by Matthieu Ricard.


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