Here’s a powerful idea from Jewish tradition that I first heard many months ago from Rabbi Noach Orlowek, a renowned Jerusalem-based educator. In a talk he gave about true happiness versus false happiness, Rabbi Orlowek explained that the Hebrew letters that comprise the phrase “to think,” (machshava) are the same letters that comprise one of the words for happiness (b’simcha).
Lesson learned, if we can incorporate it: Joy is in our minds. We really do have the power to choose to be happy — or as happy as possible given difficult circumstances. If we can try to see the big picture, and know that happiness is anchored in meaning, we can fuse the idea of thought and happiness more than we may realize.
Thank you, Rabbi Orlowek, for this vital lesson.