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In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

The Paradox of Busyness: 6 tips to help decrease loneliness and build relationships

By Amy Peterson

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Feeling lonely, but too busy to do anything about it? Wait no longer. Life is meant for relationships and happiness. Read these 6 ideas for connecting with others despite a harried schedule

JewishWorldReview.com | It's a paradox that one can feel lonely despite a life full of activities, destinations and tasks. Unfortunately, it's a reality for many people, including me. I've been thinking about how my busy life often leaves me with little time for nurturing relationships with friends and family. I'm determined to find ways to reach out and spend more time with people. Here are my ideas for decreasing loneliness and building relationships, no matter how busy I am.

1. Face to face. Nothing beats face to face time with friends and family. Whether it's virtual, via Skype or FaceTime, or in reality talking face to face will help you feel connected to the people who are important to you. I like to snuggle with my youngest daughter before her naptime, meet a friend for lunch or sit by my husband while he watches a basketball game. It's nice to reconnect with friends at children's sporting events or church. A few minutes of face to face time leaves me feeling happier.

2. Phone a friend. Like many of you, I've mastered the art of talking on the phone while doing household chores, excluding vacuuming. In the 20 minutes it takes to clean my bathroom I can catch up with my friend who lives in another state. She doesn't mind if it's a little noisy on the line. When I'm feeling lonely I want to talk and feel connected. Sometimes a simple phone call works.

3. Work out buddy. Exercise is something I do almost daily. When I lived in Michigan, I ran with several women each morning, even when it was dark and cold. Starting the day with good conversation and exercise was a perfect combination. Find someone to work out with, or recruit a friend to go to a new class at the gym with you. I know people who have had friendships for many, many years that began with exercising together. A good friend will motivate you to do your best and make exercise more fun. As a bonus, working out will improve your mood and help you feel less lonely.

4. Give and take. If your to do list is lengthy, invite a friend over to help you with tasks like organizing and cleaning. Then, on another day, go do tasks at her house. If you have a friend who is doing a home improvement project, offer to come lend a hand. He might return the favor at a later date, giving you more time to spend with one another. Relationships require give and take. Make sure you offer your spouse opportunities for nurturing and maintaining friendships outside of your relationship. My husband plays basketball most Tuesday nights. I'm glad he has time to exercise and hang out with his friends. He supports me when I go out with my friends, too, even on occasional overnight trips.


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5. Plan ahead. People with busy schedules need to make time for relationships. Sometimes that means scheduling things weeks or months in advance. If you really want to spend time with someone, get on their schedule and be patient. And if you are the person with the crazy schedule, be sure to block out some time for relaxing and relationships.

6. Like a good neighbor. Contact with others might be as easy as walking to the mailbox. I am not particularly close with most of my neighbors, but I like to chat with them for a few minutes outside when I see them. I have sought out a deeper friendship with one family, and we enjoy dinners and game nights together. Having neighbors as friends adds to a sense of community and belonging. Popping over for a chat or meeting outside as the kids play is a good way to have contact with adults during the day.

Life is meant for living and loving. Relationships and contact are important. Even if you're busy, you don't have to feel lonely. Try one of these six ways to connect next time you need a dose of human connection.

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Amy M. Peterson currently lives in Oregon with her husband and four children. - See more at: http://familyshare.com/busyness-and-loneliness#sthash.EnAoZLqd.dpuf

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