Nowadays, more and more people are searching for a means to not only pursue happiness—but to live a happy life! Below are links to articles, lesson plans and videos that explore this topic.

Please note: The views expressed in the articles, links, videos, etc. reflect the views of their authors and do not necessarily reflect the thinking of NLE Resources.


Lesson Plans

  • Happy Mitzvah Lesson Plan
    This link contains a YouTube video of Jewish radio personality Denns Prager. Prager argues that acting happy is a moral obligation and asserts that one should act happy even if a person is not feeling happy! The lesson plan includes questions for a discussion on the video and could be used as a general exploration of happiness, or in connection to the Jewish commandment to “rejoice” or “be happy” on Chagim. It could also be used in connection to Purim, where happiness is particularly emphasized.
  • The Nature of Humor
    This link explores the nature of humor and also asks questions to students such as, “what makes a joke funny?” It includes discussion activities, discussion questions, and a link to a video clip to explore Middos as well as investigate the every day phenomenon of laughter and humor.


Ron Gutman: The Hidden Power of Smiling!

Q&A  with Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski on Happiness