To experience gratitude, we must acknowledge that we are not in control. We must admit that what is good often comes to us when we least deserve it. Gratitude arrives when we realize that we can’t do everything on our own.
When we're curious, we think more deeply, we travel more broadly, and we ask more probing questions. We're reminded that discovery is itself its own reward and that the status quo doesn’t have to be our status quo.
There’s plenty of evidence, both scientific and anecdotal, that goal setting is far less productive than many of us want to admit—surprisingly so. The evidence, in fact, suggests that goals often make success harder to achieve, not easier.
Parenting isn't easy. There’s no magic formula or cheat sheet. But there are a few tried-and-true lessons that have worked for centuries and still work today. Here they are, boiled down to four common sense activities that any parent can teach.