Who is Responsible for My Happiness - Based on R. Jonathan Rietti
Who Is Responsible For My Happiness?
Nation of Second Guesses By BARRY SCHWARTZ Published: January 22, 2004 • Carl Schneider, a law professor at the University of Michigan who specializes in medical ethics, has reported that patient satisfaction goes down when the choice of pharmaceutical and medical treatment goes up. • In a study that Ms. Iyengar, Rachel Elwork of Columbia and I are working on, we found that as the number of job possibilities available to college graduates goes up, applicants' satisfaction with the job search process goes down. Indeed, for many people, increased choice can lead to a decrease in satisfaction. Too many options can result in paralysis, not liberation. Here is some of the evidence: The New York Times
It’s a Mitzvah to be happy! <ul><li>“ And you shall rejoice on your holiday and you shall be only happy” -Deut. 16:14 </li></ul><ul><li>“ [These punishments are because…] you did not serve the L-rd your G-d with joy and with a good heart because of your great wealth.” -Deut. 28:47 </li></ul>
But how can we be commanded to be happy? <ul><li>Can’t we be unhappy against our will because of…… </li></ul>Write 1000 times: I will not disrupt class with thoughtful questions. Our Boss Our Teachers Our Parents
A jumble of Advertisers spend millions convincing us that we need better looks, love, luxury, food, cars, or possessions to be Happy.
So how can we be happy if we don’t have the parents, school, cell phone, looks, etc. that we want?
Who is responsible for my happiness? <ul><li>“ Anyone who can be happy when hard times come his way brings redemption into the world.” – Talmud Taanit 8a </li></ul>
“ A person should be even happier about his troubles than about the good that happens to him” – Midrash Tanchuma Yitro 17
“ Who is rich? One who is happy with what he has.” – Pirkei Avot 4:1