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  • 5 Reasons Why You Need to Pee In the Forest Once in a While

    By Arielle Adelman

    August 13, 2014 | 9:23 am

    When I was a little girl I would beg my mom to let me be “nature girl”.  By definition, nature girl means: a person with xx chromosomes who uses the great outdoors or a sandbox to (daintily) pee.  In my adult life when I recall this memory, I’ve had a hard time understanding my...

  • Fit OUT not in

    By Tera Greene

    March 2, 2014 | 6:23 am

    I am about to start my fourth week as a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  

    As I learn new ways to fit OUT and go against the "norm" of being sad and sick, I am finding myself becoming more whole through my education - and I am EXCITED!  
    To celebrate, I am...

  • Happiness, Addiction, Training

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    September 18, 2013 | 5:54 pm


    How Can Emotions Be Commanded?

    ‘How can emotions be commanded?’, I am asked, when I go over the three main commandments regarding Sukkot:  to live in rickety hut with an unfinished roof (Sukkah), wave a bunch of foliage around, and be only happy. I am certainly asked to explain...

  • High Holy Days: Working for happiness

    By Amy Klein

    September 3, 2013 | 10:37 am

    Did you know that many people actually find free time more difficult to enjoy than work? Although many people also find their work stressful, boring or meaningless, success doesn’t make people happy either. 

    “More than a decade of groundbreaking research in the fields of positive...

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  • 10 Things to Make the Morning and Day Happier

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 12, 2013 | 7:44 am

    I subscribe to a worthwhile list-serve organized by Dr. Mehmet  Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon and professor at Columbia University,  called “Real Age” (health@realage-mail.com) that regularly sends out health tips. This past week I received a piece called “8 Ways Happy People Start...

  • Is Haman alive today? Purim & Happiness!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 22, 2013 | 11:02 am

    The Jewish holiday of Purim, which begins tonight, is a joyous time of celebration. The story of the Book of Esther is familiar: In the 4th century BCE, the Persian King Ahasuerus fell under the influence of his evil prime minister Haman, who resented the Jews who refused to bow...

  • World’s Happiness Rate

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 10, 2013 | 10:22 am

    After rating the states of the world mostly on a financial basis, the Earth Institute at Columbia University published the first ever World Happiness Report, made at request of the UN. The report contains information on various happiness measurements collected to create a "life...

  • Happiness Stinks

    By Ilana Angel

    October 2, 2012 | 6:26 pm

    Why is it that when you are single you cannot find a decent guy to date, but when you are in a relationship, men are not only everywhere, but they are interested in you?  I have been dating the Englishman for almost 7 months and I have never had so many men ask me out.  Very...

  • Love, Faith & Converting

    By Ilana Angel

    August 12, 2012 | 7:16 am

    I would like for my son to marry a nice Jewish girl.  It is important to me, and while I know some people think it is ridiculous, I will feel like a bit of a failure as a mother if he marries a woman who is of another faith.  Love is elusive and his happiness is the most important...

  • Happiness is a moral obligation

    By Dennis Prager

    May 15, 2012 | 9:48 pm

    Readers who think I am preoccupied with political issues may find it interesting to learn that I lecture on the subject of happiness more than any other single topic. And, every Friday for the past 12 years, I have devoted an hour of my radio show to this subject.

    I do so because I...

  • Judaism’s Value of Happiness: Living with Gratitude and Idealism

    by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    March 9, 2012 | 2:30 pm

    The weekly reader of the Jewish news might come to believe that Judaism opposes happiness and favors worry, guilt, and conflict. We seem to be so down and obsessed with our problems: anti-Semitism, anti-Israel propaganda, assimilation, intermarriage, scandals, and on and on. But...

  • The Closed Door Syndrome

    By Samira Asemanfar

    November 14, 2011 | 10:57 am

    Recently I came across a quote by Helen Keller…

    “When one door of happiness closes, another opens: but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”

    I started thinking about all the ways I tend to stand there and stare at a...

  • Taking seven steps to ‘Sukkot happiness’

    October 5, 2011 | 2:14 pm

    But are you happy? 

    No, this isn’t your mother wanting another update on your life. It’s not Dr. Phil’s provocative question through your TV/computer screen as you sit (safely) on your couch. And it isn’t someone reading you the Declaration of Independence wondering if you...

  • Israel ranks seventh in happiness level, poll finds

    April 27, 2011 | 2:46 pm

    Israel ranked seventh worldwide in the happiness level of its residents, according to a survey conducted by the Gallup Institute.

    Some 63 percent of Israelis are satisfied with their lives, Gallup’s global wellbeing surveys in 2010 found. Israel was ranked higher than the United...

  • What We’ve All Been Waiting For

    By Misha Henckel

    July 27, 2010 | 11:45 am

    So and so lost their job, has cancer, is getting divorced, has a child with autism, lost their sister in a car accident, lost all their retirement money in the downturn…

    Used to be that bad things happened to “other” people, and we believed we were somehow immured from the...

  • Choosing Happiness

    By Misha Henckel

    March 30, 2010 | 11:44 pm

    As Americans we are quite ingrained with the notion of the pursuit of Happiness. It is part of our cultural DNA.  And why ever not? After all, it is enshrined in our Declaration of Independence as an unalienable right. And so, as good upstanding citizens, we spend most of our lives...

  • Settle down

    By Amy Klein

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    When it comes to dating, even Tobey Maguire is interested in the concept of settling.

    Now, I have no idea about Spidey's love life -- last I heard he was with Lois Lane, wait, no, that's Superman, not Spider-Man, and this just in -- the real Maguire is married and expecting his...

  • Leave the house

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    There's nothing more smug and insidious than a girl who has finally fallen in love and thinks she now has all the answers. She can save you from your sad, pathetic, damaged love life and cure you of your nasty man-repellant habits. No matter what condescending tip she's giving you,...
  • Serenity now—inside and out

    By Amy Klein

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Breathe.

    Yes, take a breath.

    "One, long deliberate breath that you feel from the very beginning of it until the end of it. Try it, really. You can do it with your eyes open. You can do it while reading these instructions. Do you notice that you can feel your body, and especially...

  • Hindu widows, remembering Marcy, Conservatives are dishy, Oh! Happy Day!

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Our Jewish Spinsters

    Rob Eshman's piece, "Our Hindu Widows" is literally unbelievable (Aug. 10). I am a marriage-minded 52-year-old SJM. I have never been married and want to find my match and start a family. The only really practical advice I have ever heard is "Buy a mansion in...
  • 10 books about happiness

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    1. "Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment" by Tal Ben-Shahar (McGraw-Hill, 2007).

    2. "Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment" by Martin Seligman (Free Press, 2004).

    3. "Flow: The Psychology...
  • 12 thoughts on happiness for the 10 Days of Awe

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    "It's a great mitzvah to always be happy."
    -- Rabbi Nachman of Breslov
    1. Happiness is not always easy: You work out to be fit, and you have to work to be happy. It's also easier to be unhappy (stuck) than happy.

    2. Happiness is a choice: Anyone, from prisoners to paraplegics,...
  • Can happiness be taught?

    By Amy Klein

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Are you happy?

    No, seriously.

    Are. You. Happy?

    You can't answer that question, can you? You know what the first two words mean, but you're not exactly sure what that third word is, even though you use it all the time. "This makes me happy"; "She seems happy"; "Happy Birthday";...

  • Silver screen love life

    By Roni Blau

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When I was 12 years old, I spent a steamy L.A. summer cooling off at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills watching old Oscar Best Picture Award movies, including "How Green Was My Valley," "Mrs. Miniver" and Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca."

    That was the...

  • Is everyone weird?

    By JoAnneh Nagler

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    After three months of a hopeful re-entry into dating life -- Internet, setups, chance meetings -- I had to hang it up. It had started out just fine. Possibilities were popping up with flash-frame, Internet-inspired regularity and, suddenly, my 40s had seemed inspired by the twinkling...
  • War enhances intensity of Israel trip

    By Daniela Bernstein

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The siren went on for at least a minute. It was a Friday evening in early July 2006, during the war with Hezbollah, and I was sitting on a hill overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem, getting ready to welcome in the Shabbat with the Kabbalat Shabbat prayers.

    Unlike the previous...
  • Amy Klein’s bibliographical guide for the perplexed

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "To the best of our understanding, God created the universe as an act of love. It was an act of love so immense that the human mind cannot even begin to fathom it. God created the world basically as a vehicle upon which He could bestow His good. But God's love is so great that any...
  • God Is Gray

    By Rabbi Karen Deitsch

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "This is heaven," I announced Sunday afternoon.

    Cruising the city (the absence of traffic in itself celestial), sunroof open, exposed shoulders browning. Wild poppies glistening, swaying in a soft breeze scented by orange blossoms; singing along to KOST 103.5 FM:

    I can see clearly...

  • Singles - Walk Out the Door

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mr. Chauvinist. Mr. Cheapskate. Mr. Paranoid. Mr. Habitually Late. Mr. Whiner. The parallel universe of "Little Men" of the 21st century are alive and well and living in Los Angeles -- and my friends have, unfortunately, dated them all.

    The friends I refer to (I'll call them, "The...

  • No Small Actors, Only Fake Parts

    By Tom Tugend

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Le Grand Role" has laughter, pathos, in-jokes, heartburn, self-caricature -- in other words, it's a really, really Jewish film, even though the characters insist on speaking French.

    The film's concept is cute, although it could have gone astray in less-skilled hands.

    Maurice...

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