Monday, April 02, 2012

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Happiness

by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths

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When you do a Mitzvah the Right Way, It Brings Joy.

According to the media, a researcher who spent 12 years researching at Harvard  found:

    “The single greatest advantage in the modern economy is a happy and   engaged workforce. This raises sales by 37%, productivity by 31%, and a  myriad of health and quality-of-life improvements.

Scientifically, happiness is a choice.

Ambition could make you rich, but not happy.

Training your brain to be positive at work is just like training your muscles at the gym.  Only through behavioral change can information become transformation.”

To become happy, he recommended:

     “Write down three new things you are grateful for each day;

      Write for two minutes a day describing one positive experience you had over the past 24 hours;

      Exercise for 10 minutes a day;

      Meditate for two minutes, focusing on your breath going in and out;

      Write one quick email first thing in the morning thanking or praising someone in your social support network (family member, friend, old teacher).”

He said that in a study he performed on 1,600 Harvard students in 2007, he   found that there was a higher correlation between perceived social support    and happiness, than the connection between smoking and cancer.

He concluded:

    “Happiness leads to long term quantifiable positive change.

     In other words, giving at the office gets you more than receiving.

     The research proves that you can not only become more positive, but if you prioritize happiness in the present, you can reap an extraordinary advantage.”

What are some of the things that the Torah says about happiness?

    “Let all the earth sing in jubilation to Hashem. Serve Hashem with joy; come before Him with exultation.”[i]

    “All these curses came upon you because you did not serve G-d with joy and fullness of heart.”[ii]

    “This is the day that Hashem has made, let us be glad and rejoice on it.”[iii]

    “A mitzvah done without joy is not accepted in Heaven.” Ramchal

    “It is good for man to die with laughter.”[iv] [He is looking toward the Garden of Eden, because]

“Light is sown for the righteous and for the upright of heart there is joy.”[v]

Gutman’s advice:

     Everyone has two rooms in their house. In one room there is a hole in the  roof, and it is raining ice cold rain into that room. The other room is nice and very comfortable. There is no hole in that roof.

     When you ask yourself, “What’s wrong?” you will find things that are wrong. 

     And when you think about these things, you will find yourself sitting in the room with the miserable, cold rain pouring in on you. When you ask yourself, “What’s right?” you will find things that are right, and by thinking of these things you will find yourself sitting in the pleasant, dry room.

We each make the room that we live in.


[i] Psalms 100:2, 2:11
[ii] Deuteronomy 28:47
[iii] Hallel
[iv] Gemora Ketubos 103b
[v] Psalms 97:11

2 comments:

Shiloh said...
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Akiva said...

You must be very unhappy to respond like that.

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