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Make others Happy

Tileston’s Joy and Strength for the Pilgrim’s Day

Today's Devotional

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble—1 Peter 3:8 (NIV).

A little thought will show you your own happiness depends on the way other people bear themselves toward you. The looks and tones at your breakfast-table, the conduct of your fellow-workers or employers, the faithful or unreliable men you deal with, what people say to you on the street, the way your cook and housemaid do their work, the letters you get, the friends or foes you meet—these things make up very much of the pleasure or misery of your day. Turn the idea around, and remember that just so much are you adding to the pleasure or the misery of other people’s days. And this is the half of the matter which you can control. Whether any particular day shall bring to you more of happiness or of suffering is largely beyond your power to determine. Whether each day of your life shall give happiness or suffering rests with yourself.

About the author and the source

George S. Merriam (b. 1843) was the son of the founder of the Merriam-Webster publishing company and author of religious books.

George S. Merriam. “March 18” in Joy and Strength for the Pilgrim’s Day, edited by Mary Wilder Tileston. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1901.

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