It is a Torah commandment to be joyous. The type of joy that is obligatory is that which you share with those less fortunate -- such as orphans, widows, the homeless and the poor. If, however, someone closes his doors to others and utilizes what he has only for himself and his family, then his joy is not the joy of a mitzvah, but joy of the stomach. It is a badge of shame. (see Maimonides, the Laws of Yom Tov 6:18)
Today, when you find yourself in a state of joy, think of someone who could use an emotional boost -- and then say or do something to increase that person's level of joy.
We're human. We need food. We need meaning and connection. And we most definitely need encouragement.
Now, in this wise and charming new volume, we learn how to effectively use the massive power of encouragement,
to encourage ourselves and others, particularly when we feel overwhelmed or depleted.
In Encouragement, Rabbi Pliskin shares meditations and affirmations, inspirational true stories, and his trademark
wise, practical advice. He shows us how our words can help others - and ourselves -- become more confident,
optimistic, and upbeat people.
Rabbi Zelig Pliskin is the author of 25 books with his specialty in mastering happiness and other positive inner resources.
His last 15 books include such titles as: "Taking Action", "Happiness", "Kindness", "Courage", "Serenity", "Building Your Self-image" "Conversations with
Yourself" and "Marriage." These books are available at: Artscroll.com.
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