All of the insects may be dying but did you know that your very existence is a miracle?
‘All happy families are alike,’ Tolstoy famously said. Wrong, according to Yasmin Reza’s new novel ‘Happy Are the Happy’ — because no family is happy.
Music: “Happy” written by Pharrell Williams Lyrics: “Adon Olam” from traditional Jewish liturgy by Solomon ibn Gabirol (circa 11th century)
Rabbi Nachman taught, ‘It is a great mitzvah to be happy always.’ Despite Pharrell’s preaching, that may seem an unreachable ideal — but Jay Michaelson thinks there’s more to it than you think.
Happiness has taken on a flimsy reputation in pop culture in recent years, but Elissa Strauss still believes that happiness, joy or contentment, or whatever you want to call it, is one of the spoils of the struggle for justice.
When Alvin Wong was told that he might just be the happiest man in America, the news upended his life. Are things still peachy for the 72-year-old Jewish Hawaiian?
‘Jewish’ and ‘happy’ are words that are not usually found in the same sentence. But a new exhibit at the Jewish Museum in New York puts a smiley face on the tribe.
In today’s world, our lives revolve around technology and social media. Day in and day out, we text, Tweet, and see what other people are doing through a constant flutter of photos and status updates. We long to be connected to everything and everyone, feeling naked without our phones or compulsive checking of Facebook. But when the day is done, what do we really get from refreshing the webpage just to see all the photos our “friends” are posting from yet another party that looks identical to all the rest?