Happiness is a divine characteristic of spiritual man, an integral part of his life. It proceeds from divine Principle, Love, and is therefore flawless, legitimate, and permanent.

Christian Science maintains that each one has the right to happiness, and it enables us to analyze and discard unhappiness and to analyze and gain happiness. This it does by inclining our thoughts and desires Godward, to their true source; for as these are spiritually nurtured and developed, we find protection from disappointment and delusion. Happiness is an intelligent mental state with which no outward circumstance can interfere without our consent.

On page 118 of "Miscellaneous Writings" Mrs. Eddy writes, "Self-ignorance, self-will, self-righteousness, lust, covetousness, envy, revenge, are foes to grace, peace, and progress; they must be met manfully and overcome, or they will uproot all happiness." The tyrant of self-will, which often mars even childhood joys, mainly demands things; and it is domineering. But Christian Science changes a possessive sense of happiness into the truly expressive sense of that quality. One who consistently expresses the nature of spiritual man cannot be rendered unhappy, for unhappiness is never anything but the consequence of believing in some unreality. Among the characteristics of man are alertness, obedience, power, joy, progress, and these constituents of happiness are available to one and all.

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