Neuroscience’s secret to happiness

In his book, The Art of Happiness, the Dalai Lama wrote: “We need to learn how to want what we have, not to have what we want in order to get steady and stable happiness.” And the wise man might have been proved right by science. According to neuroscientist Jaak Panskepp, it is the road to happiness, rather than the act of reaching the destination, which makes us happy. The neuroscientist claims that the fulfillment of desires may not cause happiness in the long run. Talking at TEDx, he outlined seven primal emotions: play, panic, care, lust, fear, rage and seeking. The last one — seeking — appears to govern our happiness. Panskepp asserts that dopamine, which is a chemical found in the brain linked with pleasure, is connected to…


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