The pursuit of happiness could lie in a monkish life.
The brains of experienced Buddhists showed increased activity in the happy centre: the left prefrontal lobes, according to new research. The findings support meditation as a therapy to help calm people by taming the amygdala, the hub of fear memory in the brain.
In the studies, Buddhists were less likely to be shocked, flustered, surprised or as angry as the other participants. The studies were published in New Scientist magazine in May.