A friend and I went to see a lecture on the secrets to happiness (The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything by Neil Pasricha). His research suggested five practices that lead to greater happiness. One of those is the practice of gratitude. This is supported by other research too.
My 9 year old and I share our gratitude list every night. It is the cornerstone of our connection time. It is also when she is most likely to tell me what spiritual truth she has discovered, independent of any teaching. Here are a few:
*If you work against the universe, it goes bad.
*All this feels like a video game
*We don’t need labels like rich or poor, popular or unpopular. They aren’t real.
*What if we lived in harmony with nature?
*Why do people let their thoughts make them unhappy?
Is it possible that gratitude opens you to wisdom? Most likely, it opens you to being in alignment with the Divine. From there, everything else can flow.