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happiness be the sharing of pleasure and pain with another," it is less important to try to escape the evils of this life of trial, than to learn the art of dividing them.

A habit of looking on the bright side of character, and of finding excuses for error, is conducive to happiness. It is a branch of benevolence, which every day gives opportunity to exercise. It is of the same kindred with that spirit of piety, which expatiates on the blessings of providence, and delights to select themes of discourse from those mercies which are "new every morning, and fresh every moment."