Rabbi Schwartz :
What makes me happy? - French fries and chocolate ice-cream.
Seriously though, happiness comes from receiving what we want. But what is it that we want?
when we are hungry, sleeping when we are tired, and bathing when we are
sticky are simple activities that we fulfill easily, and are a source
Our grander dreams - luxury houses, cars,
holidays, wealth, prestige and power are delights most people believe
will make them happy. However, extensive research shows that this is not
so. Moreover, reaching these goals is extremely difficult and even
impossible, as our sages teach, "No person leaves this world with even
half of all he wants"*.
Then there are things we want without
realizing we want them. These are our hidden desires. Our souls are in
this world for a purpose, and by ignoring her needs, we starve her and
hurt ourselves. This has to do with recognizing our potential and
fulfilling it - or at least striving to fulfill it. Torah study and
mitzvos, serious thought and consulting with the wise, can help us
satisfy this hunger, and bring us relief and happiness.
idea: Our sages teach that "Hashem wants our hearts"**. Here too is a
key to happiness. If we will give our hearts to Hashem, shower Him with
appreciation, respect and admiration, as well as showing appreciation,
respect and admiration on our fellowman, then, measure for measure, we
too will receive the appreciation, respect and admiration we truly want
* Koheles Raba 1 ** Sanhedrin 106b