In its ceaseless search for happiness, humankind has "sought out many inventions." By devious routes, and oftentimes in remarkable ways, men struggle for the things that seem to them desirable. Some believe the wielding of great power will bring satisfaction; others expect to find happiness through the accumulation of material wealth and possessions. But whatever the human path followed, when merely material goals have been achieved, most honest individuals will admit that these are devoid of real gratification.

Christian Science bestows upon those who earnestly study and follow its teachings a sense of spiritual satisfaction. This state of thought is not passive contentment, but rather an expression of active, positive joy. It was this true state of happiness which Jesus attained, and to which he referred when he said, "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full."

Our longing for happiness is legitimate, for there is in all an instinctive desire to manifest that completeness which is man's by right of his sonship with God. Men long, normally, for harmonious relationships and the joy of giving happiness to others.

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Positive Assurance of Good
March 14, 1942

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