MRI image of happy brains

MRI images of happy brains

Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging, a team of Japanese scientists have located the part of the brain linked to feeling happy.

Do we really know what happiness is, and most importantly, where it’s located? To answer this universal question, Waturu Sato, a researcher at Kyoto University in Japan, and his team undertook a study. They discovered that the combination of positive emotions and satisfaction derived from life events had an impact on the precuneus, which is part of the parietal lobe.

From a neurological point of view, happiness can be defined as a subjective experience based on a feeling that varies in intensity from person to person.

Psychologists have attempted to find out the neural mechanism behind happiness. This is an area clouded in mystery, particularly for neurologists who, up until now, had been unable to precisely identify the parts of the brain involved in happiness.