Can you really choose to be happy? 'Yes', says neuroscience.

  • We live in our emotions, explains renowned medical researcher Dr. Rudolph Tanzi. Our emotions and overall outlook on life correspond to different parts of the brain.
  • How you decide to approach your life determines which parts of your brain become activated. If you allow fear and worry to rule you, the brain stem is exercised. If you embrace things like creativity, empathy, and community, you activate the frontal cortex.
  • These decisions — the choices you make in how you want to live life — have a direct effect on your genetic activity. That's why practicing mindfulness might be the best gift you can give to your genetic dependents.