Jewish Perspectives on Happiness

What makes us happy? Dr. David Pelcovitz delves into the intersections of the secular view of happiness and the Jewish view of happiness (simcha). He uses the examples of goal setting, mindfulness, and gratitude to demonstrate how current research in positive psychology aligns with old Jewish wisdom on happiness.

David Pelcovitz, Ph.D. holds the Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Chair in Jewish Education at Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education. He also teaches courses in pastoral psychology at the university’s affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and serves as special assistant to the president of Yeshiva University. He has published and lectured extensively on positive psychology, trauma, loss and child abuse.

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