Datcher Keltner has published a new book, “Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life.” The new science of happiness can be cultivated in various ways. Some examples:
1) Experiences of reverence in nature or of being around those who are morally inspiring improves people’s sense of connections to one another and their sense of purpose in life.
2) Meditating on a compassionate approach to others shifts resting brain activation to the left hemisphere, a region associated with happiness and boosts immune function.
3) Talking about what we are thankful for boost happiness, social well-being and health.
4) Devoting resources to others, rather than indulging in materialistic desire, brings about lasting well-being.
According to Keltner, “our capacity for caring, play, reverence and modesty is built into our brains, bodies, genes and social practices. Give some of these methods a try to see how these positive emotions cultivated affect your happiness quotient. Science is now proving our capacity for happiness.