Ron Gutman: The Hidden Power of Smiling!

Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you’ll live — and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being? Prepare to flex a few facial muscles as you learn more about this evolutionarily contagious behavior.

Book

Happiness is Homemade by Rachel Arbus: A Torah Approach to Personal Growth, Marital Harmony, and Childrearing

Contemporary Thought

How to buy happiness? The Purchases Most Likely to Bring You Joy TED talk by Michael Norton. Rooted in the idea of giving leads to love…. Love leads to happiness …… When you think of buying happiness, you probably think of spending money on yourself. That’s perfectly normal, but there’s a strong case for spending money on others to create happiness. Sometimes seeing someone else’s smile can do more for you than making yourself smile.

The Psychology of Laughter

The Psychology of Laughter: Why It’s Important for Physical and Mental Health by Steven Handel

Music

Rabbi Twerski reveals the origin of the famous Niggun הושיעה את עמך