One Hundred Quintillion Ways to Say Thanks: A Jewish Perspective on Happiness and Gratitude

23 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2014

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Hershey H. Friedman

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

Toby Birnbaum

Brooklyn College

Miriam Gloger

New York Public Library

Date Written: March 9, 2014

Abstract

There is a strong correlation between gratitude and happiness. People who do not exhibit gratitude will find it difficult to be happy. Evidence shows that teaching children to show gratitude enhances learning and reduces the prevalence of depression and other mental health issues. This paper examines how traditional Jewish sources view the link between gratitude and happiness.

Keywords: Happiness, gratitude, generosity, depression, prayer, positive psychology

JEL Classification: A22, A23, B11, D63, D81, G18, G21, J78, K00, K4,K40, I20, L20, L21, M1, M3, M5, M14, M19, M31, N0

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H. and Birnbaum, Toby and Gloger, Miriam, One Hundred Quintillion Ways to Say Thanks: A Jewish Perspective on Happiness and Gratitude (March 9, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2406651 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2406651

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Toby Birnbaum

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Miriam Gloger

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