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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Every Monday Matters: Show your smile

By Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) A smile is a universal expression of happiness and recognized as such by all cultures.

A smiling person is seen to be more pleasant, attractive, sincere, sociable and competent.

Smiling or even seeing somebody smile releases endorphins that work in the brain to give an overall feeling of well-being.

Happy people generally don't get sick as often.

People are born with the ability to smile. Even babies who are born blind smile.

Adults laugh approximately 15 times per day, while children laugh about 400 times a day.

It takes only 17 muscles to smile, compared to 43 muscles to frown.

TAKE ACTION TODAY

1. Smile at everyone you see today.

2. Keep track of how many times you smile and laugh today.

3. If you are having trouble smiling, here are a few suggestions to help: Make faces at yourself in the mirror, shake your body like it's laughing from the inside, jump on your bed, hug someone you love, or visit a pet store.

4. At the end of your day of smiling, notice how you feel and whether people acted differently around you.

Happiness leads to smiling, and smiling leads to happiness. Happiness is your natural immunity, having a profound, positive effect on your health and well-being. If you are happy, smile. If you aren't happy, smile anyway. It will help you get there.

YOU MATTER

In these times of negative news, smiling seems to have gone to the wayside. The economy is failing, the environment is suffering, and all one needs to do is read or watch the news to find 10 other things to not smile about. But maybe there is a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy in all of this. Just maybe, if enough people decide to smile, there will be a shift in all of this on a level that we can't quite understand. And maybe Jack Lenore of Bend, Ore., has proved just that.

"I knew that my co-workers were going to look at me strange, but the fact that they would, in and of itself, is exactly why I knew I should do it," Jack said.

Feeling a need to "lift" the energy at his company, Jack organized a smile day at the office. For one day, all of the 150 workers were urged to smile at least 100 times.

"I figured that on an eight-hour workday, that was only around 12 smiles per hour - or one every five minutes," Jack said. "I felt it was realistic, and I was curious to see if it would truly make a difference."

So Jack sent out a company memo and designated Jan. 26 as "100 Smiles Day" at his office.

"I must admit, those first couple hours were hysterical. I think people felt kind of dorky. There were even a lot of laughs and funny faces being made. But, without a doubt, there was a buzz about the office, an interaction that wasn't there before," he said.

And then Jack noticed the buzz start to quiet as the day went along. As the daily workload increased and the stress levels began to rise, the smiles and laughter began to diminish.

"It was so interesting to see how the workday started to take over people's spirit. The fun and positive energy was getting sucked out of the building," he said. "So I sent out another company memo as a sort of pep talk. It worked like a charm and ended up being a great learning experience for everyone. We all got to experience the roller-coaster ride and realized how much more fun it was when people were smiling and laughing."

By the end of the day, many of the co-workers were not sure if they actually hit 100 smiles, but they all said that it was one of the most enjoyable days in the office. And since that day, Jack has noticed an increase in positive energy in the air.

"I really think it lifted the spirit of our company and it continues to this very day," he said. "I may do this once a month, just to keep it going. It's fun."

Jack, you have made us smile as well. You matter.

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