HEALTHY LIVING
01/05/2011 04:38 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

The Happiest Man Alive Talks Meditation And Mood (VIDEO)

Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, often called the happiest man alive, recently sat down with ABC News's Dan Harris to discuss happiness clichés, the benefits of meditation and why he never has a bad day.

Although Ricard laughs at the notion that he could be the happiest of the planet's six billion people, he doesn't deny how interesting it is that neuroscientists, who studied him and other meditators, detected changes in their brains when they experienced moments of unconditional love and compassion.

Ricard, who believes that anyone can learn to meditate, wants others to understand the enormous benefits of taking up a meditation practice -- or at least engaging in a little positive thinking.

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