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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

Joy: ‘It's up to me!’

By Rabbi Zelig Pliskin



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Many people live in the past, brooding over bad choices they'd made or someone's negative behavior to them years ago. Others live in the future, worrying about events that may happen --- or may not. Here is the way to achieve lives of joy, courage, love and serenity is to live in the moment, to see the wonders of the present, to feel gratitude for what is happening right this minute. Right now we're writing our life stories, and we can choose how the script will read. Right now we can put behind us self-doubt, anger, frustration.

Right now, we can choose happiness.


This section can serve as a summary of the main ideas that will lead to a joyful life.

To help you remember these ideas, the first letter in each sentence spells the principle: "It's up to me."

I create the quality of my life with my ongoing thoughts.

The choice of joy or the opposite is mine.

See, hear, and feel the way joyful people see, hear, and feel.

Unhappiness is created by negative thoughts, words, and actions.

Perspective makes me happy or unhappy.

Talk to myself the way I would if I was a master of joy.

Oneness of humanity gives me many opportunities for kindness.

My unconditional joy and love creates a magnificent life.

E very moment of joy is stored in my awesome brain and I can access those moments whenever I choose.

"It's up to me" now!

"I understand that you do counseling," a fellow said to me. "I have a serious problem. My life is full of great distress. I always worry. And my worrying is driving me crazy."

"You don't mean that literally, do you? You certainly don't seem crazy to me," I replied.

"I guess not. But I feel a lot of distress most of the time."

"It's good that you have decided to do something about your pattern of thinking," I said, "but it seems to me that your biggest problem is one that can be solved right away. It's just the details that need to be worked out."

"What do you mean by that?" he asked.

"You told me that you worry a lot and that this is giving you a lot of distress. Your biggest problem is that you focus on what you don't want, and you are not focusing on what you do want," I explained.

"Isn't that just a minor pattern?" the fellow asked.

"No. It's the heart of your problem. The solution is to keep your focus on what you do want."

"But I do want to overcome my worrying and stop creating so much distress and anxiety."

"I'm a joy coach and self-image builder. When you keep your mind's main focus on what you want, you will automatically not be thinking about what you don't want. Now stop focusing on what you don't want. In the short time that we've been speaking, you've already clarified what you do and do not want.

"You have clarified that you want to stop worrying. That's great. From now on, keep your focus on increasing your moments of joy. Every moment of worry is not a moment of joy, right?" I paused.

"You can say that again."

"And every moment of joy is not a moment of worry, isn't that also right?"

"Now that you mention it, it's certainly correct."

"You have a great imagination. Imagination is a great gift given to humans. People who tend to worry tend to misuse the gift of imagination. They imagine things happening that they don't want.

"Joyful people use their imagination to create positive thoughts about what they do want. Some people see pictures in their minds more clearly than others, but clarity isn't important here. Keep imagining things being the way you would wish them to be. Keep imagining yourself developing the traits, states, and patterns that you want for yourself.

"Imagine yourself experiencing much joy in every bit of progress toward your goals. When you use your gift of imagination the way it could and should be used, you automatically will be free from worry."

He protested, "That sounds almost too good to be true."

"Experiment. Test it out for yourself. Habits of thought can take time to develop. But as soon as you start, you are immediately on the right path. That doesn't take time. It's just a matter of making a decision in the present moment.

"I see from your expression that you feel it would be great if you could actually do this. This decision to use your imagination as a source of joy in your life will totally transform your entire experience of life."

The fellow was sincere about his desire to stop worrying and instead begin living a life of meaningful joy. Once he heard clearly what he needed to do and saw how relatively easy it was, he was determined to choose life-enhancing thoughts. After a short while he felt so much better that he was able to overcome the inevitable ups and downs of life.



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