Why wanting happiness is not enough

Sherre Hirsch, Rabbi & Relationship Expert, shares advice for parents on the best way to help your kids be happy in life, and why it is even more important to help them find a meaning in life
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Why wanting happiness is not enough

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I get sick when parents say, "All I want for my children to be happy." My mother, who I think is the wisest person on the Earth, used to say, "I don't care if you're happy. If you're living in Hawaii and your surfing and not contributing to society, that does not make me happy." I always appreciated that because what I think that when you contribute to society and you make the world a better place. You find meaning in what you do, helping people, giving to charity, visiting your grandparents; all these things that we do, the byproduct is happiness. Happiness is not the goal. It's not your right to be happy. It's only your right to find meaning, to make the world a better place. That happiness, is far more than any ice cream sundae makes you in a moment.

Sherre Hirsch, Rabbi & Relationship Expert, shares advice for parents on the best way to help your kids be happy in life, and why it is even more important to help them find a meaning in life

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Rabbi Sherre Hirsch

Rabbi & Relationship Expert

Rabbi Sherre Hirsch is a mother of four, author, speaker, TV personality, teacher and the spiritual life consultant for Canyon Ranch.  After eight years at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, she stepped out from behind the formal podium to share her message in all kinds of pulpits from The Today Show to a small baptist church in Alabama.  She published her first book, We Plan, God Laughs: What to Do When Life Hits You Over the Head in 2008; her second book will be published in early 2013. Rabbi Hirsch spends her free time practicing yoga, baking brownies and playing freeze dance with her husband and children.

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