Sunday, November 15, 2015

INTERESTING PICTURES and Rabbi Pliskin goes into the happiness hall of fame and Israel 365

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When you feel inspired or enthusiastic about something, take concrete action even if it's a very small step.

Sometimes we might hear an inspiring talk or read an inspiring article or book and feel fired up. If we push off taking action until we have enough time or knowledge or energy to do a proper job, we might lose our feelings of inspiration or enthusiasm. If, however, we start taking some action, then there is a greater likelihood that one action will lead to another and we will continue doing more.

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Happiness Hall of Fame

Happiness Hall of Fame author awarded for radiating the power of joy.


The Happiness Hall of Fame boasts among its inductees Deepak Chopra, Muhammad Ali, and a pantheon of authors, sports stars and inventors.

Plus one rabbi: Zelig Pliskin of Aish HaTorah.

How did an observant Jew from Baltimore become a leading expert on joy?

"Classical Jewish sources speak extensively about happiness," says Rabbi Pliskin, "starting with the Torah itself which instructs us to 'rejoice in all the goodness that God has given you' (Deut. 26:11)."

When Pliskin was 12 years old, quarterback Johnny Unitas led his hometown Baltimore Colts to an overtime win in the NFL Championship Game. "That was a huge thrill at the time and connected me with the power of joy."

He realized, however, that it was a superficial joy. One year later, the famous Ponevitcher Rav, Rabbi Yosef Kahaneman, attended Pliskin's Bar Mitzvah in Baltimore. Rabbi Kahaneman had built numerous schools in his native Lithuania – which were all destroyed in World War Two. "Despite the hardships he endured," Pliskin recalls, "his entire being radiated with overflowing love and joy. I remember the way he hugged my father, and this became my lifelong role model."

Joy releases spurts of positive chemicals in the brain.

Pliskin applied himself diligently to the task of mastering happiness. "Happiness is a skill that can be learned," he says. "Maimonides wrote nine centuries ago that the way to develop any positive trait is to practice doing that trait over and over again. When it comes to happiness, the more a person does positive acts of kindness, the more joy becomes part of our nature."

Pliskin cites research that joy sparks the production of four "pleasure chemicals": Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin and Endorphins. "When you speak and act joyfully, you get spurts of those positive chemicals in the brain," he says.

Pliskin discovered that with mental discipline, he can frequently access positive states. "I assign code names to my most positive and meaningful experiences – then can access that joyful state anytime, anywhere." (His groundbreaking work on "collecting states" was featured in the NLP journal, "Anchor Point.")

Happy Career

Rabbi Pliskin's happiness career began in earnest in 1974, when Rabbi Weinberg started Aish HaTorah with the motto: "We'll teach you how to be happy." Rabbi Pliskin became one of Aish's first teachers.

A few years later, he compiled his best "joy tools" in a practical guide, Gateway to Happiness. The book became a classic for those seeking to increase their level of happiness, peace of mind and self-esteem – while decreasing negative emotions such as sadness, anger, worry, and anxiety.

Lionel Ketchian, founder of the Happiness Club with over 100 branches worldwide (including one that Rabbi Pliskin leads in Jerusalem), calls Gateway to Happiness "the most comprehensive book on happiness I've ever read."

What is Rabbi Pliskin's number one tool for living in a constant state of joy?

Act happy and you'll feel happy!

"Happiness is a choice," he says, citing the adage of 18th century Rabbi Moshe Chaim Lutzatto: External movements arouse inner feelings. "Even if you don't feel happy, act happy," says Rabbi Pliskin. "You'll begin to feel happy!"

He explains: "The secret is an 8-word mantra. Joyful thoughts. Joyful feelings. Joyful words. Joyful actions. By repeating these words enthusiastically, 10 times a day for 5 seconds, you can constantly upgrade your attitude and become a master of happiness."

"Rabbi Chaim Shmulevitz taught that we always have something to be joyful about," he says. "If a person's glass object would fall and break, and at that moment they receive the news of having won the lottery, would they be upset about the glass breaking? Of course not. So too, the joy of being alive should override anything we may find to complain about."

"Whenever I need a quick pick-me-up, I smile and wave to the mirror. It always smiles and waves back to me!"

Rabbi Pliskin's distinguished career includes lectures around the globe, the popular "Daily Lift" series on, and dozens of books on topics of self-improvement.

Though not one to be wowed by honors, Rabbi Pliskin sees the Happiness Hall of Fame "as good publicity to positively impact people's lives," and acknowledges that the award "would make my mother proud."

Pliskin is being inducted in November 2015 with a distinguished group that includes three-time Super Bowl champion Bubba Paris. "We could form a happiness team and call it Bubba and Zeidy," he jokes.

In his Hall of Fame acceptance speech, Rabbi Pliskin delineates "Nine Habits of Happiness," culled from decades of joyful living. Watch it below:



 Some very unique photos.  Enjoy.

Photographs hold memories, stories, and fascinating ideas. That is exactly what these incredible photos are                                                                                                   intended for. These should definitely help stimulate a curious mind.  

scoliosis                                                            x-ray before                                                            and after

1. X-ray showing before and after treatment of scoliosis.

The end                                                            of the great                                                            wall of china

2. This is where the great wall of China ends.

pug                                                            before and                                                            after

3. This is what a pug looked like before selective breeding, quite the difference.

Ethiopian                                                            Lava Lake

4. The lava lake of the continuously active volcano Erta Ale, Ethiopia.

empty                                                            cargo plane

5. A FedEx Boeing 757, without any cargo.

clear                                                            photo of                                                            Mercury

6. This is the clearest photograph of Mercury that has ever been taken.

Jail in                                                            El Salvador

7. When a prison is overcrowded in El Salvador, this is what it looks like.

octopus                                                            eggs

8. These things are octopus eggs.

Northern                                                            Lights from                                                            space

9. What the Northern Lights look like from space.

Nordlingen                                                            Bovaria

10. Bavarian town of Nordlingen built in a 14 million year old meteor impact crater  

Michelangelo                                                            shopping list

11. This is an illustrated grocery list Michelangelo would create for his illiterate servants.

view                                                            from Mars

12. This is a view from Mars.

google                                                            data center

13. Inside one of Google      s data centers.

hitlers                                                            office

14. A look at Hitler's office.

George                                                            Washington's                                                            teeth

15. These are the teeth of George Washington.

Genghis                                                            Kahn statue

16. A ginormous statue of Genghis Khan in Mongolia.

fat vs.                                                            muscle

17. A comparison showing fat vs muscle.

Einstein's                                                            desk after he                                                            died

18. This is the desk of Albert Einstein just a few hours after his death.

Daytona                                                            Beach 1957

19. This is Daytona Beach in 1957.  

Mount                                                            Everest                                                            climbers

20. Climbers going up Mount Everest in 2013.

Cancer                                                            cell close up

21. Cancer cells under  microscope.

Bagger                                                            288 shovel.

22. Bagger 288, the largest land vehicle in the world.  

tire                                                            dump

23. An aerial view of a tire dump.  

Hiroshima                                                            watch

24. A watch belonging to Akito Kawagoe which stopped at 8:15, the exact time of the Hiroshima bombing in 1945.

360                                                            degree                                                            rainbow

25. A 360 rainbow, which was captured from an airplane.

human                                                            tongue

26. A zoomed in view of the human tongue.

Australian                                                            dust storm

27. A huge dust storm just before it hit Australia in 2013.

Pre                                                            geyser                                                            eruption

28. A geyser just barely before it erupted.

undersea                                                            cable

29. A cross-section of an undersea cable
















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