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Happiness in a World of Despair:

In a world that often feels chaotic and unpredictable, finding true happiness requires a conscious effort to try to find a sense of inner peace and contentment. Firstly, it's important to embrace mindfulness and presence. This means really looking at ourselves in the present moment, appreciating life's small pleasures, and letting go of the burdens of the past and anxieties of the future. We can try meditation, deep breathing, and mindfulness exercises that can help ground us in the here and now, giving us the opportunity to see the beauty and simplicity that surrounds us, even in the midst of chaos.

Secondly, creating meaningful connections with others is such an important part of finding real happiness. We are all unique and social beings, and our well being is connected to our relationships. Taking time to nurture and invest in friendships, family bonds, and making new connections provides that sense of belonging and support that contributes to our overall happiness. As we all witnessed during and after the pandemic, engaging in acts of kindness, empathy and connections really creates

positive and mutual well being.

Lastly, true happiness often comes from a sense of purpose and meaning in your life. Some ideas may be, pursuing something you are passionate about, setting up meaningful goals, and being apart of something that is bigger than ourselves. By lining up our values and aspirations we can find real fulfillment and happiness in the midst of all the chaos thats going on in the world around us.

I saw this quote on social media this week and thought it was a fitting way to end this blog:

you don't have to be jewish.

you don't have to be israeli.

you just have to be a human.

to care, to love, to take a stance.

KatieLee Biegel


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