Happiness is as elusive as it is cherished. We all want to be happy. Joyous people are healthier and more productive. And yet, it seems so challenging to find inner joy, especially in trying circumstances. Is there a formula for happiness? Perhaps we have to begin with the questions: What exactly is happiness? And how can we acquire it?
John Stuart Mill famously said: “Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.” “Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness; on the happiness of others, on the improvement of mankind, even on some art or pursuit, followed not as a means, but as itself an ideal end.”
So then what should we fix our minds and hearts on to achieve happiness?
Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he discusses how the fundamental nature of happiness is directly linked to the very core of the human being: understanding who you are and your higher purpose in life is intrinsically connected to your level of happiness. Discover the two dimensions of your psyche — your outer you and your inner you. Learn how the inner you is always happy but the outer you needs to often be coerced to dance and celebrate. At times you may need to fake it till you make it; but then you come to recognize in the process that you are not faking it at all; you are simply “fooling” your outer you, allowing it to access your true innate happiness.