Who Is Responsible For My   Happiness?
Nation of Second Guesses By BARRY SCHWARTZ   Published: January 22, 2004 • Carl Schneider, a law professor at the Universi...
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 </l...
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 ti...
A  jumble  of Advertisers spend millions convincing us that we need better looks, love, luxury,  food, cars, or possession...
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 i...
“ 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
So why aren’t we happy with what we have?
“ One who has one hundred, he wants two hundred. One who has two hudred, wants four hundred” – Proverbs
The problem is not knowing how to be happy with what we already have.
Why would we learn how to be happy with what we have just because we get what we want?
The key is to learn how not to depend on things outside ourselves for our happiness.
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Who is Responsible for My Happiness - Based on R. Jonathan Rietti

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This is a slideshow I put together which is almost completely based on the famous lecture by Rabbi Jonathan Rietti, "Who's Responsible for My Happiness."

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Who is Responsible for My Happiness - Based on R. Jonathan Rietti

  1. 1. Who Is Responsible For My Happiness?
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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>
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. A jumble of Advertisers spend millions convincing us that we need better looks, love, luxury, food, cars, or possessions to be Happy.
  6. 6. So how can we be happy if we don’t have the parents, school, cell phone, looks, etc. that we want?
  7. 7. 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>
  8. 8. “ A person should be even happier about his troubles than about the good that happens to him” – Midrash Tanchuma Yitro 17
  9. 9. “ Who is rich? One who is happy with what he has.” – Pirkei Avot 4:1
  10. 10. So why aren’t we happy with what we have?
  11. 11. “ One who has one hundred, he wants two hundred. One who has two hudred, wants four hundred” – Proverbs
  12. 12. The problem is not knowing how to be happy with what we already have.
  13. 13. Why would we learn how to be happy with what we have just because we get what we want?
  14. 14. The key is to learn how not to depend on things outside ourselves for our happiness.

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