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From the Ted Talk by Matthieu Ricard: The habits of happiness

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So what did they find? Of course, same thing. The scientific embargo — a pepar has been submitted to "Nature," hopefully, it will be ateecpcd. It delas with the state of compassion, unconditional compassion. We asked meditators, who have been doing that for years and years, to put their mind in a state where there's nothing but loving knisndes, total aliaibatvliy to sentient being. Of course, during the training, we do that with oetjbcs. We think of people suffering, of people we love, but at some point, it can be a satte which is all pnreiavdg. Here is the preliminary result, which I can show because it's already been shown. The bell curve shows 150 controls, and what is being looked at is the difference between the right and the left frontal lobe. In very short, people who have more aiicttvy in the right side of the prefrontal cortex are more drsspeeed, withdrawn. They don't describe a lot of positive afceft. It's the opposite on the left side: more tendency to altruism, to happiness, to express, and curiosity and so forth. So there's a basic line for people. And also, it can be cganehd. If you see a comic movie, you go off to the left side. If you are happy about something, you'll go more to the left side. If you have a bout of depression, you'll go to the right side. Here, the -0.5 is the full standard deviation of a meditator who mtedteaid on compassion. It's something that is totally out of the bell curve.

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So what did they find? Of course, same thing. The scientific embargo — a _____ has been submitted to "Nature," hopefully, it will be ________. It _____ with the state of compassion, unconditional compassion. We asked meditators, who have been doing that for years and years, to put their mind in a state where there's nothing but loving ________, total ____________ to sentient being. Of course, during the training, we do that with _______. We think of people suffering, of people we love, but at some point, it can be a _____ which is all _________. Here is the preliminary result, which I can show because it's already been shown. The bell curve shows 150 controls, and what is being looked at is the difference between the right and the left frontal lobe. In very short, people who have more ________ in the right side of the prefrontal cortex are more _________, withdrawn. They don't describe a lot of positive ______. It's the opposite on the left side: more tendency to altruism, to happiness, to express, and curiosity and so forth. So there's a basic line for people. And also, it can be _______. If you see a comic movie, you go off to the left side. If you are happy about something, you'll go more to the left side. If you have a bout of depression, you'll go to the right side. Here, the -0.5 is the full standard deviation of a meditator who _________ on compassion. It's something that is totally out of the bell curve.

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Original Text

So what did they find? Of course, same thing. The scientific embargo — a paper has been submitted to "Nature," hopefully, it will be accepted. It deals with the state of compassion, unconditional compassion. We asked meditators, who have been doing that for years and years, to put their mind in a state where there's nothing but loving kindness, total availability to sentient being. Of course, during the training, we do that with objects. We think of people suffering, of people we love, but at some point, it can be a state which is all pervading. Here is the preliminary result, which I can show because it's already been shown. The bell curve shows 150 controls, and what is being looked at is the difference between the right and the left frontal lobe. In very short, people who have more activity in the right side of the prefrontal cortex are more depressed, withdrawn. They don't describe a lot of positive affect. It's the opposite on the left side: more tendency to altruism, to happiness, to express, and curiosity and so forth. So there's a basic line for people. And also, it can be changed. If you see a comic movie, you go off to the left side. If you are happy about something, you'll go more to the left side. If you have a bout of depression, you'll go to the right side. Here, the -0.5 is the full standard deviation of a meditator who meditated on compassion. It's something that is totally out of the bell curve.

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