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The Search For Happiness is Over! MRI Scans Show What Makes You So Cheerful?

Update Date: Nov 23, 2015 01:53 PM EST

Searching happiness? Well, the wait is over! Scientists have finally unveiled the true essence for cheerfulness and exposed the part of the brain where it can be discovered.

Originating the exploration, scientists displayed a new perspective in terms of happiness and defined the term 'happy' by claiming it to be an amalgamation of life satisfaction and cheerful sentiments. Psychologists have added yet another aspect to the term and also exposed the part of the brain where one goes through these feelings.

The research is one of its kind as until now there were no clear indications regarding the process which brings about happiness within the brain. But according to this revolutionary discovery, psychologists suggest individuals with an enhanced part of precuneus are generally happier and satisfied in life hence making it a determinant of bliss.

The study involved individuals whose brains were thoroughly analyzed with the help of an MRI scan. They were asked about the intensity of their happiness, events and instances that made them exultant as well as were questioned about their sentiments. The results were recorded through a survey and the fallouts highlighted that participants who scored higher in the happiness survey had more grey matter in their brains as compared to the other lot.

Published in the Journal of Scientific Reports, the research established an unconcealed link between precuneus and happiness. In simple words, those who had a greater size of precuneus were more prone towards happiness and felt sadness in less amount, making them full of beans and vivacious. Steering the study, Dr Wataru Sato, a cognitive psychologist at Kyoto University, said that the availability of the gray matter within the precuneus region regulates the amount an individual is satisfied and under the umbrella of glee.

According to Daily Mail, Dr Sato maintains that 'This new insight on where happiness happens in the brain will be useful for developing happiness programmes based on scientific research.'

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