I haven’t done a scientific study, but it seems that the happiest people I know are some of the most generous in heart, mind and soul. They are quick to give, to offer help, and happy to be of help.
They don’t give out of a feeling of obligation. They don’t give because they want to be sure they are following the proper moral code. They don’t share to look good in other’s eyes. They simply want to help. They like to help. And they do help. They want to be sure others around them are getting what they need to prosper too. And they are often, if not almost always, engaged with some type of activity that is unselfish. They are giving people. And it makes them happy to give.
On the opposite side, it seems that those who struggle with unhappiness are more often than not, worried about themselves. They fear lack, they often don’t see how they can give to another because they feel poor themselves, charity is weighed in terms of what they personally will gain rather than in terms of what the person they help gains, they may spend a lot of time complaining about life’s unfairness, and even feel mired in loneliness.
But the generous soul is never alone. They are too occupied helping others, spreading around their joy and lighting up the atmosphere of thought they inhabit. They are thinking outside of themselves, finding their good in their neighbor’s good, and happy to make a positive difference in the lives of those around them. Their cup runs over and they are glad to share the bounty. It makes them happy to give in whatever way they are able.
It seems totally backward to the selfish mind how giving to another can result in a positive gain because the selfish mind measures gain in material terms. It wants to see something it can acquire, a concession granted, or an honor received to merit giving.
But the benefits of giving unselfishly do make sense in divine Science.
In divine Science, God supplies all of man’s needs. All that makes a person truly happy comes directly from God, and the person who figures this out ceases looking to others or to the world for their happiness. They find it in their relationship to God. They don’t need concessions from others to be happy. They don’t need another possession. They already have happiness! And that’s why they can give without wondering what they’ll get in return. They don’t need anything in return. They already have the best life has to offer—an understanding of their completeness in Spirit.
So, don’t fear to give generously. It just might bring a bit more happiness your way today.
“Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.”
~ 2 Corinthians, 9:6, NLT
“The good person is generous and lends lavishly.”
~ Psalms 112:5, MSG