True Happiness

Happiness ! How like a will-o'-the-wisp it seems to many—a joyous experience which, after a few brief moments, vanishes, leaving behind it only hope of its recurrence! Why is this? Why is happiness so often fleeting? The reason is that mortals live so much in the erroneous belief that matter and a material sense of selfhood are real. Unenlightened by spiritual understanding, the majority regard material activities as real, and seek satisfaction in the pursuit of these activities. They cater to the material senses in all manner of ways, only to find that genuine and lasting happiness does not lie along that line at all.

Christian Science makes known the secret of true happiness. Mrs. Eddy writes on page 337 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "For true happiness, man must harmonize with his Principle, divine Love; the Son must be in accord with the Father, in conformity with Christ." It is apparent from this that true happiness has its source in God, Spirit, and, therefore, that it has no connection with materiality. God is Love, the source or cause of all that is real. He is the Father; and man is His son or idea. And as the idea of God, man reflects the harmony of God, Love, including unalloyed happiness. That is the truth about the real man, concerning which all men must become enlightened in order that they may achieve genuine happiness, as it is understood in Christian Science.

Mary Baker Eddy
October 1, 1938

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