What We Can Learn From The World’s Happiest Man

A Tibetan man named Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche has earned the title of “the happiest man in the world.” But how did he get that way? Rinpoche says he suffered from anxiety when he was a kidlet, but cured himself through meditation. He’s done a bunch of years-long (ack!) meditation retreats with Tibetan masters, who’ve done between 10,000 and 50,000 lifetime hours of meditation themselves. Now Rinpche can laugh off anything, including the honor of “happiest man.”

Scientific monitoring has shown that meditation increases activity in the left prefrontal part of the brain, which stirs when you’re in a good mood. When just starting out, the activity increases by about 10 percent, but an adept meditator can increase the activity from 100 up to 800 percent. That’s a whole lot of happy!

So how can you get there? According to the studies, beginners who meditate for 30 minutes a day for two months can start waking up the left prefrontal zone and start enjoying their work instead of just getting overwhelmed about their life.

I have trouble doing anything without doing at least two other things simultaneously. Can I meditate to “30 Rock” and just spend the commercials thinking about how awesome Tina Fey is?

[NY Times]