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Practical Wisdom for Positive Living
In Positivity Bias, we learn that life is essentially good; that positive perception is applicable and accessible to all; that it derives from objective, rational insight, not subjective, wishful imagination, and that positive living is a matter of choice...
When catastrophe strikes, the mind can become prone to fearful imaginings, especially when there have been repeated disasters.
By the Grace of G-d 13th of Kislev, 5722 Brooklyn, N.Y. [November 21, 1961] Greeting and Blessing: I just received your letter of Erev Shabbos. I trust that despite the tenor of your letter, things will turn out much better than anticipated, as you have a...
Chapter 30 of Positivity Bias
Part I: The Theory The Rebbe once encouraged a man seeking guidance to use his unique talents to the fullest. At a subsequent meeting, the Rebbe said, “I hope you are fulfilling what we discussed. Don’t turn me into a sinner!” Taken aback, the man asked, ...
Chapter 29 of Positivity Bias
The Rebbe once said to a Gerer Chasid named Rabbi Neiman, “The world says that I am crazy about Moshiach—and they are absolutely right!”Sippurim Meichadar HaRabbi, p. 76. Indeed, if there is one thing that the Rebbe and Chabad in general are known for, it...
Chapter 28 of Positivity Bias
In 1993, Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman performed a fascinating experiment to explore the veracity of the peak-end rule. Kahneman exposed two groups of people to ice cold water for varying periods of time. The first group was exposed to ...
Chapter 27 of Positivity Bias
Nowhere is the Rebbe’s Positivity Bias as pronounced as in his approach to loss and tragedy. Simply put, the Rebbe’s perspectives on the catastrophe of death are nothing short of redemptive.For more on this, see A Time To Heal: The Rebbe’s Response to Los...
Chapter 26 of Positivity Bias
In 1977, during the Shemini Atzeret celebrations taking place in the Rebbe’s synagogue at 770 Eastern Parkway, the Rebbe began to experience sharp and severe chest pains. The spirited singing and ecstatic dancing came to a grinding halt as the thousands i...
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