Master This Attitude And You Will Never Be Depressed

When we learn to appreciate life to its fullest, we will be oblivious to many of its painful aspects.  We will definitely try to deal with them effectively, but will not feel emotional suffering since the joy of being alive will outweigh anything negative that might occur.  Imagine a person who just now won a large sum of money in a lottery.  He will feel such joy that if he accidentally broke a glass cup, he would feel no suffering whatsoever because of that loss. The joy of being alive can be much greater than the joy of winning millions upon millions of dollars.  A person able to master this attitude, which admittedly is extremely difficult to do, will not have psychosomatic difficulties, since he will not view anything that happens to him as negative.

- Heard from Rabbi Chayim Shmuelevitz; Sichos Mussar 1971, essay 3

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By dosn´t matter on December 19, 2010 -- 10:29pm

Nice and good, 2 D point.
as always
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By How about your attitude? on December 21, 2010 -- 3:05pm

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By Wendy Brown on December 26, 2010 -- 5:38am

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Thank you for letting me share my thoughts here.
Oh. And we, my family and many Christians I knlow, DO NOT celebrate Xmas either, at all or in any way. You are right. It has nothing to do with Jesus. Nor does easter and many of the other so called christian holidays which are reaLLYN PAGAN BY WAY OF CATHOLIC.

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By This is good practice! on January 25, 2011 -- 11:59am

Being happy lets others into your life, especially hashem!!!
When you are happy, it brings you clarity and energy to keep living and do mitzvot! Happiness with direction in torah brings to more happiness with meaning, if not it fades.

By Bob on April 7, 2011 -- 11:31am

Depression is a disorder, not an attitude.
This article, therefore, is a fail.

By Shoshana on May 11, 2011 -- 10:53pm

Must be how Job, Daniel and Joseph accomplished what they did as well—Is how we are living each day seen as righteous to Hashem? If so, make that all that matters—as a child would find joy in pleasing a parent.

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