While in a grateful mood, we will feel gratitude more frequently, when we do feel gratitude it will be more intense and held for longer, and we will feel gratitude for more things at the same time.

But how much effort do you think is involved in doubling your income? Motivational speakers will tell you that the money is worth the sacrifices. Applying that same level of energy towards strengthening one’s relationships, cultivating compassion and gratitude, and so on much more reliably creates positive, transformative change.

Said differently, material success is not a very important factor in the happiness of highly grateful people.

My solution has been to re-direct my feelings towards Lady Luck.

Many of the sub-traits associated with spirituality are the same sub-traits associated with gratitude.

This also means that we get use to the bad things that happen to us.

Put more simply, we get use to the good things that happen to us.

I expect this to change – because of my compassion and gratitude practices I am starting to have spontaneous urges to help others.

This is because the very nature of gratitude is to focus on others (on acts of benevolence).

The pursuit of wealth and power has been shown in dozens of studies to be a highly inefficient method of increasing well-being and happiness.