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Our liturgy affirms that the Torah is a tree of life and all who hold fast to it are happy. Indeed, Gallup polls and other studies have confirmed that religious people tend to be happier than non-religious people. Why is that so? And what does it take to increase one’s happiness quotient? In this Focus section we explore how Judaism, spirituality, ethics, personal relationships, human endeavors, and genetics all play a role in contributing to living a happy and fulfilling life.

Happiness Rx: What Science Says
interview with Sonja Lyubomirsky
The role of genetics, life circumstances, and intentional activities in happiness.

The Intrinsically Good Life
by Hava Tirosh-Samuelson
Ancient Jewish philosophers’ teachings about the “intrinsically good life.”
The Dalai Lama and the Chief Rabbi
interview with the Dalai Lama and Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Reflecting on finding happiness in the face of tragedy, loss, and injustice.

An Open Heart
interview with Alan Morinis
To fully experience joy, one must also be able to feel deep sorrow.

Healing "Spiritual Deficiency Syndrome"
by Abraham J. Twerski
How to alleviate the cause of enduring happiness—neglect of the human spirit.

They Call Me Happy. Here's Why.
by Evan “Happy” Braude
“Engagement gives meaning to my life, and from meaning I derive happiness.”


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