“Spiritual wisdom meets positive psychology, showing that the examined life is not an unhappy one.”

- Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take, and coauthor of Option B



At age 30 Evan Moffic became the leader of a large congregation. He had great success. But he couldn't find happiness. Then he found a 2000-year-old prayer. In it were hidden elements of Jewish wisdom. They became a part of his life and those of his congregation and transformed them and him.

Based on 10 practices any person can follow, the prayer has helped thousands of people-couples, teenagers, empty nesters struggling with loss, divorce, and ruptured relationships-find renewed meaning and purpose in their lives.

Moffic discovered the power of the prayer when he was called to become the youngest rabbi to lead a large US synagogue at just thirty years of age. The prayer became his guidepost, providing him with the wisdom to lead beyond his years. By incorporating the power of this prayer into his life and using it to guide his congregation and community, he became known as "the smiling rabbi."

In the tradition of Rabbi Harold Kushner, Rabbi Evan opens up this Jewish wisdom tradition with insights for today. Drawing from interactions with thousands of congregants, as well as his own experience; relating stories of real people; providing accessible commentary from contemporary psychologists; and sprinkling in warm humor, the good rabbi reveals the means and meaning of joyous living that will appeal to everyone.

"Follow Rabbi Moffic's suggestions and you will not only be a blessing on other people's lives–you will be a blessing in your own as well." Joseph Telushkin, New York Times Best-Selling Author of Jewish Wisdom and The Book of Jewish Values




With Rabbi Moffic, you will find an open, accessible guide to life’s deepest truths. He writes so people of all faiths can deepen their spirituality and live a better story. A husband and father, he graduated from Stanford University in 2000, and was ordained a rabbi in 2006. 

He appears regularly on CNN and Fox News and writes for the Huffington Post, Beliefnet and his blog at His books have been featured in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune and Publishers Weekly. 

He is also a husband to Arielle and father to two young children.  


Order your copy Receive Bonus Resources ($177 Value)

Order your copy of The Happiness Prayer and receive exclusive bonuses including:

1. A FREE digital copy of my first book ~ Wisdom for People of All Faiths: 10 Ways to Connect With God ($10). 

2. Access to the Gratitude Growth in 3 Minutes a Day Program ($70) 

3.  A Happiness Tracker so you can note daily progress. That includes online feedback from me via ($97) 





What People Are Saying


The true goal of religion, of union with the Almighty, is not order, or a legalistic life, or even worldly success, but something more elusive, and more valuable: joy.

In his delightful new book Rabbi Moffic reveals the hidden elements of Jewish wisdom and prayer that can lead us to a happy life. "Blessed are those who are happy!" might be Rabbi Moffic's entirely ancient and beautifully new beatitude.

- Father James Martin, S.J., New York Times Best-Selling Author of Jesus: A Pilgrammage


The longer I live, and the more I’m faced with the inescapable reality of pain in life, the more I search for and surround myself with people who exude joy. Men and women who know how to dance in the rain. 

My friend, Rabbi Evan Moffic, is a shining example. It's impossible to be in a bad mood when I’m with him. And this book delivers that joyful spirit directly to you.”

—Michele Cushatt, author of I Am: A 60-day Journey To Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He is


“Rabbi Moffic makes Jewish teachings relevant to our daily lives.  He inspires us to view ethical values through an inclusive and universal lens encouraging us to find acceptance, joy, and happiness in everything we do.” 

—Jason Brown, Olympic figure skater