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In this issue

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

Here's the secret to raising happy kids, according to science

By Jessica Ivins

Ever wondered if there's a sure-fire way to ensure your children's happiness? Scientists decided to uncover that secret, and the secret is finally out

JewishWorldReview.com | Parenting is tricky business. The hours are long, the pay is non-existent and there's a good chance every parent considers shipping their children to boot camp at some point during their lifetime.

Or is that just me?

The point is, being a mother or father is hard work, but the thing that unites us is our desire to help our children live happy, productive lives. Whether it's a smile from an infant or a hug from a teenager, moments where we recognize bliss in our children make all the sleepless nights more than worth it.

As far as I know, there's no user manual in existence that parents can take home from the hospital along with the tiny, unpredictable and downright terrifying person they've welcomed into their world. But scientists at Happify took a look at a broad range of studies involving happy kids.

So what can parents do to help their children become happy, contributing members of society? Let's take a look.


For starters, focus on nurturing. While it may seem like an obvious suggestion, the impact is far more than just emotional — it's biological as well.

In fact, children with nurturing mothers actually have bigger brains, according to one study. Sounds crazy, but it's true. The study focused on the hippocampus — the part of the brain that handles stress and memory. Preschoolers with supportive moms had a 10 percent larger hippocampus than those whose mothers struggled in the nurturing department.

On the flip side, kids who feel rejected or unloved by their parents are more likely to develop hostility, aggression and/or emotional instability, Happify reports.


Turns out parenting isn't all about the kids all the time. Moms, it's time to invest in yourself — not just for you, but for your children as well. Happify found that a mother's satisfaction with her life has more of an impact on the healthy development of her child's social and emotional skills than her education, her income, whether or not she's employed or the amount of time the child spends in day care.

So go to dinner with your girlfriends. Draw that bubble bath. Do what you have to do to feel satisfied, and chances are your kids will benefit too.


As for fathers — the role you play in your child's life is a crucial one. In fact, one study found that feeling loved by dad made more of an impact on a kid's life satisfaction than feeling loved by mom. So what makes a super dad? Happify found the most effective fathers listen to their kids and facilitate a close relationship with them. Also important: setting appropriate rules while at the same time giving kids freedom when warranted.


The way couples interact with each other doesn't go unnoticed by the little people in the household. Children who grow up with parents who fight ugly are more likely to have trouble with school, drugs, alcohol and overall emotional well-being than kids whose parents are less hostile.


Optimism is key. From a young age, kids look to parents to see how they should react to the world around them. If a parent faces a problem with a smile, the child will likely take that same approach. One study found kids who learn to look at the glass half full by the time they're 10 years of age are half as likely to suffer from depression during puberty. When it comes to praise, acknowledge effort over intelligence and skill. Happify reports kids who receive accolades and encouragement for their attempts are more motivated and enjoy taking on new tasks.


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Researchers found that children whose parents applied a one-size-fits-all approach instead of catering to individual personalities were twice as likely to be anxious or depressed. Take time to notice what works with each child and make an effort to parent to their needs.


Adults are happier and feel more fulfilled when they have meaningful activities and responsibilities populating their routine. Not surprisingly, the same concept applies to children. Help your kids find meaning in life by giving them opportunities to express themselves, serve others and volunteer their time.

As parents encourage generosity, studies show their children will be happier and more liked by their classmates. In fact, researchers reported even toddlers enjoy sharing treats more than they like being on the receiving end. It's never too soon to start teaching kids to give.


Sometimes it's best to just go to the source. Researchers involved in a 12-country study asked more than 4,600 children what made them happiest. The results? Family, friends, playing, participating in sports and toys.

That same study ranked the United States as fifth out of the 12 countries for happiest children. The happiest children can be found in Mexico, with Poland landing at the bottom of the list.

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