Introduction

” The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment.” Doug Larson

We live in a material world.

Having possessions and things are very important in this society.

People are fascinated and preoccupied by their gadgets such as their iPad and/or iPhone.

The person that has the most money is revered while the poor and indigent are reviled.

Stories about greed, avarice and corruption are constantly being exposed by the social media.

Enormous numbers of people are out of work with little hope of coming back into the workforce.

The family unit is falling apart. Relationships are reduced to email and texting. Families and friends often do not have the opportunity to spend enough quality time with each other.

In short, we are in a period of major upheaval, elimination and transition and millions of people are under an undue amount of stress. In other words, there is a great deal of discontent. At various times in my life, I have also experienced discontent.

The purpose of this blog will be to discuss how people in this unsettled world can obtain more peace of mind meaning contentment.

Fostering more serenity will ultimately impact the quality of one’s life as well as their personal development.

Definition

In order to understand the definition of contentment, we need to understand the subtle distinction between contentment and happiness.

Webster’s Dictionary defines contentment as “freedom from care or discomfort.”

Webster’s Dictionary defines happiness as “a pleasurable satisfaction.”

Happiness results from having an experience that is pleasurable – happiness can come and go – it is not constant. Contentment on the other hand originates from our own internal feelings of self and can be more stable than happiness. Contentment means being happy with what you have rather than what you want or desire.

Tips on Contentment

Get in Touch With Your Inner Self

Spend some quiet time with yourself experiencing your thoughts, feelings and emotions. The more you understand yourself, the more contentment you will find. Oftentimes, we really don’t spend enough time to get to know who we really are – not what society has told us but what we really feel in our gut.

Express Gratitude

Be thankful for the good things in your life and don’t concentrate on what is wrong. Write down on paper what you have to be thankful for in your life. This exercise can be very uplifting.

Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

Comparing yourself to others is one of the worst things you can do if you want to find contentment. Everyone’s life is different – we all walk down separate paths and we all have different talents that are unique to each of us. We must seek fulfillment with who we are.

Bring Simplification into Your Life

People who are content generally only need the basic necessities to survive. For example, they don’t need extra clothes, cars, and iPads. Their closets and drawers are well organized and not cluttered.

Live for the Present

People who focus on the present and not on the past or on the future are generally the most content. Many people spend much of their life not really focused on the present and enjoying every waking minute of their lives. Yoga and meditation are great ways to assist you on focusing on the present.

Reach Out to People

Socializing with people is very important to be more content with ourselves. Creating meaningful relationships helps us to focus more on others rather than obsessing about ourselves and is better for our emotional well-being.

Learn to Love Yourself

The more we acquire a better self image, the more we can extend our love to others. Try to understand who you are and what makes you content.

Summation

Happiness and contentment are not the same.

Happiness is an experience that brings us pleasure – it can come and go.

On the other hand, contentment is more of an internal feeling of being satisfied with what we have – not what we want or desire.

Contentment can sometimes take years to achieve. It is something we must work at.

In order to lead a more productive and fulfilling life, follow some of the above mentioned tips on achieving contentment.

About the author: Bob

Bob is a businessman, athlete, and entrepreneur who is passionate about helping people progress personally through better self-awareness.

5 Comments

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  2. That is a good tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere.
    Simple but very accurate information… Appreciate your sharing this one.
    A must read post!

  3. Häufig fällt es schwer, fremde Menschen anzusprechen und so bleibt die große Liebe weiterhin aus.

    • Dear Karolyn,

      Thank you for your comment.

      You responded to my article entitled 7 Tips To Achieve Contentment.

      And in english I think what you said translated to “often it is difficult to approach strangers and so the great love remains out”

      You don’t need to reach out to strangers to achieve great love.

      But love must come by loving yourself first.

      Only then can you love others including your family and friends.

      And you can extend your relationships by joining in activities where your own interests lie.

      I hope these comments I made are helpful.

      Best,

      Bob

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