Scientists at Kyoto University have used MRI to narrow in on the neural structures behind happiness, and they hope their findings will have larger implications for happiness training, as described by a Spa Opportunities article.
Research participants had their brains scanned by an MRI after they took a happiness survey. Those who scored higher had more grey matter mass in the precuneus, a region in the medial parietal lobe that becomes active when experiencing consciousness. Interestingly, meditation was found to increase grey matter mass in the precuneus.
Interestingly, meditation was found to increase grey matter mass in the precuneus.
This new insight on where happiness happens in the brain will be useful for developing happiness programs based on scientific research.
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