"The grateful man sees too much in the world to be thankful for, and with him the good outweighs the evil. Love overpowers jealousy, and light drives darkness out of his life."--President Joseph F.Smith, sixth President and Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The older I grow, the more I realize that my happiness depends upon my ability to find gratitude--in everything. When I am feeling "picked on by the universe," when I feel that no one loves me, that no one appreciates me, it is inevitably because I am slipping into the abyss of ingratitude.
The solution appears simple: being more grateful equals being more happy. So why don't I get it? Why do I persist in falling into old patterns? The answer to those questions is equally simple: I am but a weak mortal with more than my share of weaknesses and sins.
This I know for sure: gratitude is not just something that it's nice to have; it is essential to a happy life.