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Sunday, December 20 There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.​—Acts 20:35.

Sue Flay

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Sunday, December 20

There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.—Acts 20:35.


Paul was referring not only to sharing material things but also to giving encouragement, guidance, and assistance to those in need of these. (Acts 20:31-35) By word and example, the apostle taught us to give of ourselves—our time, our energy, our attention, our love. Researchers in the field of social sciences have also observed that giving makes people happy. According to one article, “people report a significant happiness boost after doing kind deeds for others.” Helping others, researchers say, is important to developing “a greater sense of purpose and meaning” in life “because it fulfills basic human needs.” Hence, experts often recommend that people volunteer for public service to enhance their own health and happiness. This comes as no surprise to those who accept the Bible as the Word of mankind’s loving Designer, Jehovah.—2 Tim. 3:16, 17. w18.08 22 ¶17-18

You can't walk with God while holding hands with the Devil.

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Jehovah has given us so many beautiful gifts both physically and spiritually, his joy and happiness comes from that giving spirit, his counsel to freely give of ourselves because he knows it will bring us that same joy and happiness. He gives, we accept, he's happy, we share, the person who receives is happy, we are happy, Jehovah is even happier. It's like a perfect circle.

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