Science Finds Simple Source of ‘Lasting Happiness,’ So It’s Completely Illegal To Have It

  of course it's illegal

Do you want “lasting happiness”? It is available to everyone! There are two doorways to this “measurable personality change” that stays with people pretty much forever. The first is arduous and requires a good deal of natural empathy and the slow, patient development of the human quality of “openness.” The second is through the harmless ingestion of a common fungus that literally grows atop cow shit pretty much anywhere, overnight. See if you can guess which method the U.S. Government describes as a “Schedule 1 drug, with a high potential for abuse, has no medically accepted use and isn’t considered safe to use under medical supervision.”

RedOrbit summarizes an ABC News report on this new research by scientists at Johns Hopkins:

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine studying psilocybin, the mind-altering chemical in “magic mushrooms,” found that the chemical may actually alter people’s personalities for a long period of time, ABC News is reporting.

The study involved one high dose of psilocybin administered to 51 adult study participants and found that 30 of them underwent measurable personality changes lasting more than a year. The aspect of personality that changed is known as openness. Openness, the authors wrote, “encompasses aesthetic appreciation and sensitivity, imagination and fantasy, and broad-minded tolerance of others’ viewpoints and values.”

Measured on a widely used and scientifically validated personality inventory, changes in openness were larger in magnitude than changes typically observed in healthy adults over decades of life experiences, the scientists say.

It’s almost like they don’t want you to ever have the contentment of lasting happiness! [Journal of Psychopharmacology/Red Orbit]

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