31 03 2024

The Season of Joy and Happiness


This article was originally published as an op-ed in The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, 20 March 2024: https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/article-792779 The Talmud in the tractate of Ta’anit tells us that when the month of Adar begins, our happiness increases. Until when?  The Talmud tells us that this lasts until the end of the following Hebrew month, Nissan. It’s a seasonal [...]

The Season of Joy and Happiness2024-03-31T11:39:39+00:00
29 03 2017

Exercise for Simcha!


It seems ironic that while preparing for Yom Tov, when we are specifically commanded to be happy, we are in a constant state of stress and anxiety.   Did I get everything needed while shopping?  Did I remember to clean and look everywhere for Chametz?  Did I order enough Matzah?  Is everything ready and prepared for [...]

Exercise for Simcha!2017-03-29T11:28:24+00:00
2 02 2017

Money and Happiness


Happiness and well-being are an essential part of health.  Stress from any cause is highly detrimental to health and research has indicated that stress is a factor in up to 85% of all illness. It can cause illness or aggravate existing illness.  Nancy was a middle-aged woman who I met two years ago.  If you [...]

Money and Happiness2017-02-02T14:17:26+00:00
29 06 2016

How much does it really help?


Depression and Anxiety have become widespread in our society today.  As a matter of fact, anxiety is now the most common mental illness in the United States.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health, it affects 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population. Anxiety disorders [...]

How much does it really help?2017-01-12T12:00:13+00:00
3 09 2015

It’s That Time of Year…


Here we are in the midst of the month of Elul, the last year in the Jewish calendar.  It’s a time of reflection and it is also a time of preparation.  We are all focusing now on introspection and planning for Rosh HaShanah, the Day of Judgment, and the ten days of tshuva leading to [...]

It’s That Time of Year…2017-01-19T14:53:17+00:00
23 07 2015

Summer Vacations


Ariella has been a long time client who is always watching her weight very carefully.  Even during the Chagim, she holds her own and barely gains weight.  But Ariella has one time of year that is truly her downfall when it comes to keeping her weight in a normal range, and that is the summer [...]

Summer Vacations2017-01-19T14:59:34+00:00
2 07 2015

Using your Intuition


The definition of intuition is a phenomenon of the mind, describing the ability to acquire knowledge without inference or the use of reason.  Sometimes a coach or psychologist might have a “hunch” about something, not necessarily based on absolute fact, and he or she will follow that intuition and many times, this allows the professional [...]

Using your Intuition2017-01-19T15:05:38+00:00
9 12 2014

Be Happy! It Pays


Happiness is a strong factor in determining health and longevity. Be happy and optimistic, say recent studies, and you will be healthier and possibly live longer. It sounds straight forward enough, but how can a person be happy and optimistic if he is ill or has serious problems? Can I choose to change my mood [...]

Be Happy! It Pays2017-01-24T14:39:51+00:00
3 07 2014

Be Happy! It Pays


Happiness is a strong factor in determining health and longevity.  It sounds straight forward enough, but how can a person be happy and optimistic if he is ill or has serious problems?  Can I choose to change my mood despite my life circumstances?  Can I simply control my moods and turn them around? What is happiness? [...]

Be Happy! It Pays2017-03-30T14:53:30+00:00