16. Meditation helps to improve happiness
Meditation helps to make us happy by reducing stress and anxiety. The research by Dr Richard Davidson published in 2004 demonstrated the powerful effect that meditation has on happiness.
Brain scans were taken of the heads of Buddhist monks while meditating on unconditional loving kindness. The scans revealed abnormally high gamma brain waves, which are associated with intense feelings of happiness.
What to do: Happiness researcher Shawn Achor has suggested that as little as 2 minutes a day over 21 days can make a difference to your happiness.