Joy is Contagious

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This has been the most wonderful day!  I spent the morning with my husband in the LDS Temple.  That alone makes it a joyful day.  Something else just topped off the pleasure like a cherry atop an ice cream sundae.

I sat in the celestial room of the temple and listened to a good friend tell me about the marvelous things that are happening in her life.  She has indeed been blessed the last few weeks.  I’m not at liberty to discuss the details, nor do they matter.  What does matter is the feeling I have in my heart for her.

Since leaving the temple all I can do is marvel at the great blessings that are coming to my friend, and I feel so happy in my heart.  I’m so grateful to my Heavenly Father that it is possible to find such joy in the happiness of others.  I’ve met people from time to time who can’t find joy in the happiness of others, and that is such a shame.  When blessings come to one person, they can come to others if others are willing to be the receptacle of second-hand joy.

“Who is the happiest of men?  He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t’were his own.”  —  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”  — Marcel Proust


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