Happiness now and always

When my niece was seven years old, she observed that I was “happy even when there’s nothing to be happy about.” Actually, our family gatherings always gave me much to be happy about, but I appreciated her comment and was grateful that she saw that happiness didn’t have to be contingent on certain events or circumstances.

Still, I’ve sometimes felt that happiness came in bursts that could last any amount of time, but would eventually be replaced with disappointment, worry, and frustration. Is it possible or practical to expect happiness to be a consistent part of our lives, independent of events or circumstances?

The discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote much on this subject, making it clear that true and enduring happiness has its source in Spirit, God, not matter. Of her own experience, she wrote: “Every material dependence had failed her in her search for truth; and she can now understand why, and can see the means by which mortals are divinely driven to a spiritual source for health and happiness” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 152).

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

My morning meal with my best friend
June 13, 2016

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.