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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)

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Associate gratitude with: happiness, joy, bliss, ecstasy, and euphoria

By Rabbi Zelig Pliskin



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When you say and think that you are grateful, how good do you feel? An obvious answer is: "It depends on what I am grateful for. The higher the value of what I am grateful for, the better I feel."

Whatever else we are grateful for at any given moment, at that moment we can be grateful that we are alive and we are breathing. So every moment of gratitude even for seemingly minor matters has an element of our being able to be grateful for the greatest things in our life. Moreover, the fact that we are alive means that we can be grateful at any given moment for everything that is positive in our life in any way.

Taking all that we have to be grateful for at every moment gives us a right to feel tremendously wonderful at every moment that is appropriate. The challenge is: How do we access positive feelings of this magnitude? Isn't it natural that as we get used to things we don't feel as grateful as we did in the beginning? Yes, this is natural. And there is a way to increase our level of good feelings that we associate with gratitude.

Focus on this, because if you allow this tool to work for you, it will have a tremendously positive effect on your entire life. It is truly possible. The prerequisite, though, is patience and persistence, and you must be calm and open-minded about applying it in an effective way.

The effectiveness of this is based on the fact that the words we say affect our emotions. Even if we don't say words out loud, but only think them, they affect our emotions. This is seen clearly when a person is connected to an EMG, which measures the electric flow in the muscles. Each word we say either makes our muscles more relaxed or more tense, as can be measured with the proper equipment.

The steps to make this work are:

1. When you feel grateful for anything, say or think, "I am grateful for this. I am happy that I am grateful."

2. Associate joyful feelings with the word "Gratitude." How? When you feel good about something you are grateful for, say the words, "Gratitude: Happiness, Joy, Bliss, Euphoria, Ecstasy." These are five words that your brain associates with good feelings.

3. To keep building up the power of these words, whenever you feel especially good feelings, even if these feelings are not at first associated with gratitude, say the words: "Gratitude: Happiness, Joy, Bliss, Euphoria, Ecstasy." Say them calmly and gently.

For example, if you are happy at a wedding where there is music that makes you feel good, feel grateful for the opportunity to be there and say, "Gratitude: Happiness, Joy, Bliss, Ecstasy, Euphoria."

Every time you repeat this when you feel wonderful feelings, you are strengthening the level and intensity of the feelings that you associate with "Gratitude" and the five words that go with it. Words affect us because of the experiences we associate with those words. That is why those who speak different languages have different sounds that they associate with the feelings that go with those words.

Eventually you will be able to say this at any speed. It is advisable to begin your mental conditioning by saying the words very slowly. Realize that we are talking about only a few seconds longer.

What if a person can't find anything to feel joyful about? What if he doesn't have joyful memories from his life history that he has associated with the positive feelings that are possible to associate with the five words?

Then use the power of your imagination to create joyful feelings. Imagine 10 great things happening to you. Do this calmly and patiently. When you are able to create good feelings using your imagination, repeat slowly, "Gratitude: Happiness, Joy, Bliss, Ecstasy, Euphoria."

A note for those who feel they don't have this kind of imagination: Anyone who ever worries about anything that will happen before it has actually happened is using imagination to create an emotional reality. Some people have even been known to feel anxiety about some imaginary worry that never ultimately happens. If you can do this to create anxiety, you might as well practice using this to feel good instead of bad.

Imagine now that you have mastered being grateful. Imagine that your life is full of happiness and joy because you are consistently grateful. As soon as you are able to create positive feelings about this mental vision, say gently to yourself: "Gratitude: Happiness, Joy, Bliss, Euphoria, Ecstasy."

Let the story that goes here be your story. Apply this technique until you find it upgrading your entire emotional level. After it works, you will have a story about how this tool helped you. Be patient. It might take time until it works for you. Then you can share this tool with others who will enhance their lives by applying it.

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