Happiness—Genuine and Spurious

Working Christian Scientists are happy people. Through the study and application of their religion they have discovered deep within their own thought a stable sense of buoyancy unknown to the materialist. This is possible because an innate gladness is always present in the real man. It emanates from his divine Principle, infinite Love, which supplies man's every thought and constitutes his real being.

Throughout history relatively few people have discerned the basis of true happiness. In general mankind have looked outward instead of inward for satisfaction. They have been bemused by the belief that material pleasure is the chief end of life.

A student of Christian Science would rightly agree that happiness is important. But he would say that it is not an end in itself. Rather is it a by-product of spiritual growth, a subjective state of spiritual awareness arrived at through unselfish service to others and purity of thought and act culminating in a conscious communion with God, the one Mind. Mrs. Eddy writes, "Happiness consists in being and in doing good; only what God gives, and what we give ourselves and others through His tenure, confers happiness: conscious worth satisfies the hungry heart, and nothing else can." Message to The Mother Church for 1902, p. 17;

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