What Brings Happiness?

[For young adults]

A young woman spent several years in a large city and had an unusually well-paying job as a secretary in the advertising field. She felt very dependent upon her job because she used every penny of her salary striving to be as well or better dressed than her friends and associates. She desired very much to attract a husband, but life was an endless frustration to her because she was constantly unhappy and disappointed in her relationships and felt she would never find the right man.

She had a friend, a young woman who was a Christian Scientist. After attending church services with her friend's family one Sunday she began to read a copy of Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. Over the next few years as she studied and her interest in Christian Science increased, she noticed her sense of values changing. She began to look for and appreciate the good expressed by her fellowmen. She strove to reflect Godlike qualities herself, and she became less critical of others. When she saw clearly that true happiness was not dependent upon another human being but was already hers as an idea of God, she began to have a more harmonious social life. A few years later she found a completely happy and joyous marriage.

Mrs. Eddy writes: "Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love, it is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to share it."  Science and Health, p. 57

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Man Is God's Idea
May 17, 1969

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