The Talmud urges Jews to increase happiness from the start of the Month Adar. Many think that to mean that we should try to be happier. But that’s not actually what the Sages recommend. Rather, we are called upon to increase happiness [in general]. To make the world a better place for everyone! Here are a few ideas. Ask: “What can I do today to make your life more wonderful?” — Marshall Rosenberg
Shouldn’t we first be happy so that we could make others happy? Actually, the other way around works faster. The first way tends to trail off into selfishness. The second order forces us to be happier to help others well.
Instead of “Don’t worry, be happy,” “Be happy, then worry.” Let’s first dance and sing like mad. After an hour of that, we’re in better shape to tackle difficult problems if the joyousness not already solved them.
The greatest happiness doesn’t depend on anything. Free happiness! Every baby wakes up smiling for no reason at all but maybe for being alive. Lift up these corners of your mouth, let your eyes twinkle, make your ankles swing, and then, you might find yourself feeling happy. If you’d only smile once you feel happy, it might never come. “Fake it ’till you make it.”
But don’t only act or play a fake role. Go deep into yourself and show the world how much happiness you have inside.
Ah, you’re not really feeling it and you don’t want to pretend? How come hundreds of millions of people have no trouble showing unhappy faces while they don’t know why? (Their rationalizations are typically false.)
Being in a bad mood is mostly an addiction or bad habit, just like smoking cigarettes. Just say no. Choose life. Start now if yesterday is too hard.
“One dilemma we have not solved yet is how to tell people that all is OK and on the other hand that the situation is dire [and intelligent action is urgently needed]. One solution we found is, when we tell people that all is OK, they will tell us that the situation is dire.” — Harvey Jackins
We’re on the right way when we act happy beyond anything we ever knew and we get scared that people will lock us up. (Generally, people will not be scared of/for you when you have still attention for them. If needed, you just invite the nurses sent to get you to dance with you.) “Always do right. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” — Harvey Jackins
Happiness is the essence of Judaism, not an adornment. This serious-looking rabbi is not so serious because he’s so great but because he’s struggling to keep it together.
Being happy has an enormous amount of side effects. It is impossible to be happy and, at the same time, be arrogant, stingy, angry, grumpy, tense, jealous, revengeful, worried, dissatisfied, hateful, down, commit suicide, etc. There are times to cry, say no, look somber. But one can always be happy in one’s heart and mind. Besides, the happier you are, the easier it’s to laugh and cry. And learn to say no as if you hand someone the moon.