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GATEWAY TO HAPPINESS

CHAPTER FIVE THE JOY OF ACTS OF KINDNESS

5:1 Acts of kindness can be a source of pleasure and joy. 1. Whenever you help another person in any way, take pleasure and feel joy. There are a multitude of behaviors that are included in this principle. (Yesod Veshoresh Hoavodah: tzavaah, no45)

2. It is especially important to express your feelings of joy when giving charity to a poor person. Show the person you are glad to be able to help him out. (Yorah Daiah 249:3)

3. When serving something to your father or mother, do so with a happy facial expression. If someone frowns when serving them, even if he gives them the best delicacies it is considered a wrongdoing. (Yorah Daiah 240:4)

4. Develop an actual love for helping others. There is a major difference between doing something only because you feel forced to do so, and doing something because you love to. Only when you love to do good, will you do it properly. (Chofetz Chaim, Ahavas Chesed, part 2, ch.1)

5. When you develop a love for doing acts of kindness, you will be very happy every time you have the opportunity to be kind. (ibid, part 2, ch.2)

6. Whenever someone asks you to lend him any utensil, tool, or instrument feel joy for the opportunity to do an act of kindness. (ibid, ch.22)

7. When someone feels great joy in being able to help others, he will not have to exert himself to greet them with a smile. He will do so automatically. His joy in doing acts of kindness will be so noticeable in his actions that this will give joy and pleasure to the person he is trying to help. (Chochmah Umussar, vol. 2, p.191)

8. When you do something in your home to help your spouse, you are doing an act of kindness and you can take pleasure in it. (Rabbi Noson Tzvi Finkel of Slobodka; Tnuas Hamussar, vol. 3, p.250-1)

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