A Smile Is Contagious

Pretend to be happy. Who says that if you’re feeling down, you can’t smile?

We fake a smile often enough when trying to be polite, why not now? Try it.

A smile, even a put-on grin, is contagious. (cf. Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom #43).

Chaim Kramer, Rebbe Nachman And YOU

Living In Tune

Each day has its own set of
thoughts, words and deeds.
Live in tune.

Rebbe Nachman (LM I:54)

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy—Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Focus on the Good

Always look for the good
in others.

Focus on that good and highlight it.

Rebbe Nachman (LM I: 282)

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy—Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Takes Effort

It’s easy to criticize others and make them feel unwanted. Anyone can do it.

What takes effort and skill is picking them up and making them feel good. (NT #31)

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy—Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Happiness, One Day At A Time

The most disconcerting fact of a person’s life, even from his youth, is that he does not live with reality. He does not consider the day that he has, and instead contemplates the future. His life cannot be termed reality, for reality is having “only today”.

Fortunate is one who lives his life in the manner of having “only today,” for then he will be a truly contented person, and will sense the happiness of life in each and every day.

Only Today: Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and of His Student Rabbi Nossan of Breslov, by Mohorosh HaKodesh Breslov

Where Are You Really?

The Creator calls out to us, “Where are you?” Where is the real you hiding?”

“Lech Lecha — go for yourself” (Genesis 12:1); it’s for your own good.

Leave behind all of the false definitions and external selves you’ve built up from living in this world. Go and discover who you really are.

Adapted from Rabbi Baruch Gartner, Living Aligned

 

Positive Imagination

When we are disturbed and unhappy, we should at least imagine ourselves as being joyous.

Deep down we may be depressed, but if we act happy, we will eventually come to genuine joy (Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom 74).

Chaim Kramer, Crossing the Narrow Bridge