Contentment is different from happiness and is more subtle. Contentment is a basic feeling of contentment about your life and situation. While it can lead to a more steady flow of happy vibes, contentment is also a good place to be. Here are some things to keep in mind.
1. No one can be happy all the time, so try to settle for contentment. This may mean taking a good look at what you no longer have or what you’ve lost. For example, I know I’ll never play music in a concert hall again, and while that makes me sad, I’ve learned to live with that, because life has been pretty good for me in a lot of other ways. It’s important to remember that when you lose one thing, something else wonderful can take its place.
2. The feeling of vertigo that comes with happiness, the one that makes us feel high, never lasts. It’s just a temporary jolt of brain chemicals and can sometimes leave you feeling blue when it’s over. Too often we’re guilty of believing that if we’re not happy all the time, there’s something wrong with us, and that’s not true.
3. Everyone has a different happiness quotient, and some people are really good at faking it. So avoid comparing yourself to other people. Look at your own life and allow yourself to feel good about where you are and where you are going. Your direction and position in life is probably fine.
4. If you really want to make a change, do it. If you are not happy many times, you have to do something to change it. Sometimes just stopping doing something you no longer enjoy and starting something new and interesting (or even exciting) can give you the boost you need.
5. If your own happiness is the ultimate goal, you may never reach it. But if someone else’s happiness is what you seek, you will live a life of contentment. Taking this path will take you to a place where you can truly feel some inner peace.
6. Visualization, meditation, yoga, tai chi or even a simple walk through a rose garden can help you find your emotional balance. These moments of peace with yourself are where contentment begins. A little inner peace makes you want more. For me, when the sun starts to set, it’s time to smell the roses.
7. Please be patient with yourself. It takes time to find a balance between what we thought we might have wanted and what we actually gained. Finding a place for gratitude is an important part of the process.
The end goal isn’t really as difficult as you might think. We just have to learn to keep ourselves in a good emotional place, and remind ourselves that we can be content and even happy if we can learn to appreciate what we’ve been given.
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