The women said that they were filled with ananda (happiness) when they gave away, and not when they received and accumulated! The happiest moments of motherhood were when the mother feeds her baby, her own essential self, at her breast, allowing it to imbibe her own health through its lips... It is in the giving that joy lies, not in receiving. Sharing doubles the joy.
I want to tell you that the ananda you derive from service is something you can never get through any other activity. The thrill that a kind word, a small gift, a good gesture, a sign of sympathy, a sign of compassion can bring about on a distressed heart is something that is beyond words to describe.
(14 Oct 1969, SSS 9:22)