Where to Seek for Happiness

When David wrote in the Psalms, "Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God," he was surely only telling us in another way that true happiness comes only from God. When Mrs. Eddy gave to a waiting world her wonderful textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," she gave its inhabitants the opportunity of learning for themselves how and where to find this happiness, for she writes on page 57 of that book, "Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love." Just in proportion, therefore, that we grow in the knowledge of Truth and Love shall we gain the realization of what true happiness is and learn that as the kingdom of God is within man, so the happiness of God belongs to man as his heritage as a child of God.

We may, in our ignorance, seek for this possession in wealth, position, or a host of friends, but sooner or later we have to learn that only through absolute reliance on Principle can we gain that happiness about which the psalmist wrote. Mortals base theirs on fleeting, unstable joys, for it is possible for a man to lose wealth, position, and friends in a day, so that the state of that man will be the reverse of happy. But to the one who is learning each hour to place his trust only in God comes the constant realization that everything connected with Principle is unvarying, and that one is untouched by the material discordant conditions he sees around him.

October 29, 1921

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