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The Baal Shem Tov taught that true happiness is the high road to G‑d.

“Serve G‑d with happiness!” sings the Psalmist. And the Baal Shem Tov explained, “The happiness itself is your service of G‑d.”

From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. To order Rabbi Freeman’s book, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.
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March 11, 2014
Somehow I know there won't be a reply to this message but my question is how does a chronically depressed person who knows no simcha serve G-d with happiness?
March 11, 2014
I pray that I have happiness in everyday life. I am learning as I go through tough times to praise HaShem. Each tough times brings me closer to G-d, but I must choose to give G-d praise. HaShem is always the same, but I my grab hold of His goodness to be happy.
Yaakov Yosefbarhu
March 11, 2014
This is so great! Thank you so much for posting it :)
March 5, 2013
Sharing our Joy
Sharing our voices and joy with G-d always is sharing our knowledge of wisdom.
Be happy serving G-d.

Thank you
Eugina Giovanna Herrera
New York City, New York
October 11, 2011
Revolutionary Thought
'Just being happy is a service to G-d' -- this thought is simple yet powerful!
Rodolfo Rabonza
Sherman Oaks, CA
September 28, 2010
This is so BEAUTIFUL, and I am treasuring ths one!
September 28, 2010
That means, when I am sad or depressive,
then I am not serving G-d?
And that means also: the older you get, the less you can serve God???
It's a bit hard to believe.
Of course I feel gratefulness and more love
for G-d , as He was at my side all my life
long. But happiness? Now I am weeping more often than at the times I fell in love with my husband or had children. -
Passau, germany
September 28, 2010
Just Happy
Honoring the knowledge that has been brought down from the Baal Shem Tov If I may just say that sometimes I just feel happy-I may not know why but I ask myself if I have done all I could today and sometimes the answer is I feel G-D s presence and his love then I am the happiest.
Judith L Witten
brockton, MA/USA