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In case your attention was elsewhere on Good Friday, March 21, 2008, the national edition of the Globe and Mail had an interesting Commentary by Lorna Dueck which was based on an earlier, February 7, UBC Report, "What Makes Kids Happy?"
Turns out a significant factor in kid's happiness is spirituality.
Gender, money, private or public schooling had little to do with whether kids were happy or not; but spirituality played a noticeable role.
The authors of the UBC Report were careful to make an all too common distinction between "religion" and "spirituality." I'm assuming this may have been motivated because of their interest in how public schools might use their findings, and therefore they need to stay away from "religion."
Naturally, I am a little skeptical that a child's in-born spirituality would have much chance of developing apart from being nurtured by participating in healthy, explicitly religious, relationships within their family and religious community of synagogue, mosque, temple, church, etc.