What leads to a happy life? If you think it’s fame and fortune, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, it’s not true. In this TEDx talk, he shares the results of a 75-year long study on happiness and the important lessons uncovered by the results.
It’s astounding to hear the parallels he draws between the fundamental values of JCC Maccabi Sports Camp and his study spanning generations.
The key to a life filled with happiness boils down to one thing: relationships. That is why we strive to build a strong sense of Jewish community here at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp. Both on and off the field, we foster a supportive environment where our campers can build positive relationships away from the year-round stress, struggles and chaos of life.
Judaism is a communal experience and as a camp community, we share a bond like no other. No matter how big or small our Jewish community is here at camp, the positive relationships and social connections keep us all happier and healthier.
Quite possibly the most enjoyable and most anticipated event of the summer is Maccabi Cup, our camp color war.
During Session 2 this past summer our Maccabi Cup theme was “Everything is Possible”. The Green Dreamers and Blue Imagination faced off in an epic showdown of athletic and creative competitions, all with the hopes of being dubbed the Maccabi Cup Champions.
After two exhausting days of competition and camaraderie, the Blue team was well on their way to being champions. However, much to everyone’s surprise, the Green team took home the trophy after winning the song and cheer battle with a heart-wrenching song.
With the World Series fresh on our minds, it important to recognize how symbolic the championship game was.
After nearly a century of loss, frustration and heartache, Chicago Cubs fans were finally able to rejoice. Winning their first title since 1908, the Cubs became the 2016 Major League Baseball World Series Champions.
This year’s championship proved just how poetic sports are. Baseball, like life, is unpredictable and the unbelievable can become believable when you don’t give up.
As we continue into the Jewish New Year, remember that every single day can bring us something entirely unexpected. May we all discover our own paths to being champions of our lives and exploring what is truly possible.
“If you will it, it is no dream.” –Theodor Herzl