Rabbi Simcha Zissel of Kelm used to say that when a person travels to a party which he looks forward to attending, he is happy all the way there in anticipation of having a good time at the party.
Similarly, a person who lives a life of good deeds can be constantly happy, knowing that he is traveling along the road to everlasting pleasure.
(see Ahavas Maishorim, p.82; Rabbi Pliskin's "Gateway to Happiness,"
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