Contentment Quotes (635 quotes)
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We've all had the feeling before. You know that you have everything to be thankful for: a great significant other, a loving family, a pretty good job, and a healthy working body. Still, you keep having this nagging feeling that what you have just isn't enough. Sure, you can be happier by making some life changes, but the easiest way to be content with your life is to adjust your perspective and daily actions, which will make you more likely to appreciate what you have. So how do you start enjoying that sunshine instead of complaining about sunburn? Follow these steps.
I was addicted to junk food and fast food, and overweight and unhealthy. I bought too many things on impulse, owned too much clutter, and was deeply in debt and struggling to make it to the next payday. I was unhappy with who I was, wanted desperately to change, tried a thousand different programs and books. I was always worried I was missing out on exciting things, and wanted so much to be out doing the fun things everyone else was doing. I was always changing the way I did things, because it seemed everyone else had a better system or tools.
How to Be Content
Contentment is often talked about elusively, not unlike the moment right before you fall into a deep sleep, or a sudden thrill of excitement and butterflies. Believing it's not something we can cultivate ourselves is exactly why we're not feeling content. As a woman who found she could be happier, more at peace and more content than ever before while facing her greatest hardship, I've come to understand that contentment has absolutely nothing to do with the outside world or circumstance. If you'd told me that while I was battling cancer as a teen , I'd learn what true happiness and gratitude were, I'd probably have laughed at you. Thanks to other patients and the love of my family, I now see that contentment doesn't need perfect circumstances to exist.
Instead, our brains have evolved to survive, to protect ourselves, to keep us safe. Sure, we have moments of elation and periods of contentment and bliss. How do we find more joy in our life? In a sense, we have to reset our baseline. To find long-term happiness, you need to retrain your brain from a negative mindset to a positive mindset. Try these things: Spend one to two minutes looking for positives in your life. Do this three times a day for 45 days, and your brain will start doing it automatically.