Happiness: The Way to Health

Spa | Written By, NOW! BALI | May 31st, 2013

Happiness is good for you. It keeps you younger, healthier, with a better immune system and just makes your life worthwhile. The intellectual French scoff at it, but happiness keeps you well. It may be hard to measure but it is easy to recognise. When Tibetan Buddhist and close confidant to the Dalai Lama, Matthieu Ricard wrote a book titled “Happiness – a guide to developing life’s most important skill” it caused a media storm in Paris with days of debating on television and in public.  Son of a French philosopher, he turned his back on molecular biology and the intellectual life and moved to India to take up Tibetan Buddhism and meditation.

TEXT by AYU SEKAR

Happiness is good for you. It keeps you younger, healthier, with a better immune system and just makes your life worthwhile.

The intellectual French scoff at it, but happiness keeps you well. It may be hard to measure but it is easy to recognise. When Tibetan Buddhist and close confidant to the Dalai Lama, Matthieu Ricard wrote a book titled “Happiness – a guide to developing life’s most important skill” it caused a media storm in Paris with days of debating on television and in public. 

Son of a French philosopher, he turned his back on molecular biology and the intellectual life and moved to India to take up Tibetan Buddhism and meditation. 

Strangely, consumerism and the concept of “more is more” doesn’t really make us happy, it just gives us more – more hangovers, more diets, more shopping, more ego gratification, but happiness can remain tantalisingly out of reach– because happiness is accessed internally, not through acquisition – in this case more is not more. 

The brain scans that Ricard subjected himself to, with 256 sensors wired to his brain at the University of Wisconsin reveal that, due to his lifestyle and his daily meditation program he has a huge capacity for happiness. When he began mediating on compassion, his brain produced levels of gamma waves (those linked to consciousness, attention, learning and memory) “never reported before in Neuroscience literature”. The left prefrontal cortex, showed an abnormally high capacity for happiness and a reduced propensity towards negativity. He has been dubbed “the happiest man alive” by popular media. Maybe it’s time to start meditating and lose the medications! 

Here in Bali, ex military man turned life coach, Carl Massy, has recently produced a book on happiness. Titled “The guidebook to Happiness – learn the specific do’s and don’ts to raise your default level of happiness”. It is available from Amazon on both Kindle or hard copy versions.

Carl Massy is a happiness strategist who has blended over a decade of research and practice in the art of happiness as a NLP Life Coach, personal fitness trainer, and reiki master with 20 years of strategic planning as an Olympic Games consultant who has also travelled to over 53 countries, so he knows the world…

 

His book includes tips and information about …

• What key provides up to 50% of your happiness

• What the experts tells us are the best daily rituals for increased happiness and wellbeing

• How to become smarter – quickly

• How to make decisions that lead to lasting happiness

• The pitfalls and traps we need to be aware of

• How to use the mind for best results

• And more…

 

So let’s get happy. 

www.theguidebooktohappiness.com  |  www.worldsbiggestgym.com/lifecoachtraining/

 

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