Everyone instinctively wants to be happy. And yet if you ask the average person, "Are you happy; are you satisfied and contented?" in a large majority of cases the answer will not be wholly affirmative, and many times it will be negative. In Christian Science we see that as long as one believes that he is separated from God, he will also be separated from the demonstration of happiness. This belief of separation from God is the basic trouble or error.

The earnest student of Christian Science demonstrates a more than ordinary state of happiness, satisfaction, and contentment, and he achieves this through his constantly growing understanding of God's allness and ever-presence and of his own true being as the reflection of that presence. He is seeing more clearly the ephemeral and false nature of material joys and pleasures.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, on pages 9 and 10 of her book "Miscellaneous Writings" makes a statement which all human beings may well ponder in these days of turmoil, tension, and discord. She says, "A false sense of what constitutes happiness is more disastrous to human progress than all that an enemy or enmity can obtrude upon the mind or engraft upon its purposes and achievements wherewith to obstruct life's joys and enhance its sorrows." In Christian Science we discover that it is only through a knowledge of the reality of being that we discern that happiness does not derive from person or personal association, but rather characterizes our reflection of divine consciousness, Love.

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