Everyone wants to be happy. Many have searched for happiness through various material means; some have sought it through friends and relatives who are loving and understanding; some have tried to gain through through acquiring an abundance of material things; some have hoped to find it through the consummation of some cherished ambition. For a time one may feel that he has achieved that for which he has yearned. Then he becomes dissatisfied and disappointed, for real happiness is spiritual, and can be gained only through unselfish, tender, loving service to God and man.

To be happy is to express kindness, compassion, joy, humility, kindliness towards others. Happiness is giving, as well as getting. Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, counsels us in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 155), "Forget self in laboring for mankind." It may seem paradoxical, but it is nevertheless true, that as we give up an anxious, selfish desire for happiness and seek to bless and help others, we gain a deep spiritual joy that is rooted in divine Love. Spiritual happiness and joy are not fleeting, evanescent, for they are of God. They are enduring, changeless, eternal.

"Let us lay aside every weight"
March 23, 1940

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