Scientists Find the Brain’s Happiness Spot
Yes, everyone can be happy, but some people may be happier than others at least part due to the size a certain region of their brains.
That's the conclusion of a research team from the Kyoto University in Japan that analyzed brain scans of 51 study patients. Following the scans, participants were asked to complete questionnaires measuring life satisfaction, feelings of happiness, and how intensely the participants felt negative or positive emotions.
Researchers found that participants with larger gray matter volume in the precuneus of the brain also had higher happiness scores. The precuneus is a region of the middle brain’s parietal lobe, involved with self-reflection and certain parts of consciousness.
These findings, the researchers say, indicate that individuals may be able to boost their happiness through practices that target the precuneus, such as meditation. Previous studies have shown that training in psychological activities, including meditation, can change the structure of the precuneus gray matter.