Tag Archives: happiness

Loving Kindness Meditation – Reflections for the festive season

The majority of current research into meditation so far focused on mindfulness-based practices and similar methods. Recently, this has shifted a bit and we see a growing interest in meditation practices aimed at improving love and compassion. First studies, investigating some of the neural underpinnings do emerge, such as the 2012 study by Lee and co-workers. In 2008 Barbara Fredrickson, one of the leading figures of Positive Psychology, published a… Read More »

The power of the mind: A wandering mind is an unhappy mind

This study is not quite new anymore (well, from 2010), but it is so instructive that when looking at it again today I thought it would be good to share this. Apologies if you know this one inside out already. One of the strengths of our mind is that we are able to plan and to predict what is going to happen in the future. Based on our prior experience… Read More »

Sustaining Happiness: The Science of Buddhist Meditation

Does meditation make you happy?  A few years back I organised a symposium at the 2008 BA Festival of Science in Liverpool (now British Science Festival) to discuss the link between meditation practice, happiness and well-being.  At that time I was interviewed by Wholescience.net  – and below you can still listen to what I had to say. Since then, research moved on and there is meanwhile some good evidence that meditation… Read More »