Would you like to be part of creating a happier and more caring society? If so please join our movement, add your pledge and take action - at home, at school, at work or in your community. Together we can make a difference

I will try to create more happiness and less unhappiness in the world around me



news rss feed rss logo

Mindfulness Changes Brain Structure in Eight Weeks

21 Jan 2011 | Science Daily

Participating in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress. In a study that will appear in the January 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging,  a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers report the results of their study, the first to document meditation-produced changes over time in the brain's grey matter.

"Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day," says Sara Lazar, PhD, of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program, the study's senior author. "This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing." 

Read article here


Action for Happiness


  • @Art4Space: Join our #Happycafé on 2nd November and/or on 24th November! In association with #Actionforhappiness https:…

    today 6:23am

  • When we follow our purpose, we can sleep at night knowing that the effort we put in is contributing to something wo… https://t.co/AIQHetGrXh

    today 2:31am

  • When we are coming from a place of self-compassion, we have so much more to give others https://t.co/WjcLuIQpHg

    yesterday 12:11pm

  • @ICEPEurope: Now accepting enrolments on our autumn Teaching Happiness course, 20 hrs, online & self paced https://t.co…

    yesterday 4:07am

  • Let's focus on what really matters - like love, kindness, gratitude, patience and honesty #WorldValuesDay https://t.co/Ii5e9hmSbP

    yesterday 2:30am

  • @workhome_gems: Got to smile even when you realise you've cut up the wrong debit card and the bus driver is super grumpy! @actionhappine…

    yesterday 2:04am

  • Happy #WorldValuesDay! Let's have the courage to live by our values and focus on what really matters… https://t.co/YyUPWgWNPr

    yesterday 2:01am

  • Values are the core of who we are - deeply held principles that influence our behaviours & emotions https://t.co/KOyj0hcFoy #WorldValuesDay

    yesterday 1:56pm

  • The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts https://t.co/sI59uLO7kr

    wednesday 19 oct 12:57pm

  • @Laughtr4Health: Wonderful talk about #mentalhealth by @RichardLayard founder of at the @WellbeingEvent #London #wbeven…

    wednesday 19 oct 5:26am

follow us on twitter