Contentment, or contentedness, is a state of being satisfied with what you have, where you are and who you are. Being content means you’re happy with your current state and don’t need or want anything more to maintain your level of happiness.
The opposite of contentment is dissatisfaction or unhappiness.
Being content about being able to appreciate where you are at that moment in time instead of sulking about what you don’t have or constantly thinking the grass is greener on the other side.
There’s nothing wrong with being ambitious and wanting more from your life. After all, you only get one so you might as well make the most of it. But don’t get so caught up that you can’t attain happiness from the present. That’s where contentment comes into play.
If you just can’t seem to be satisfied and appreciate the present moment in time, here are 15 tips to be content in life.
How to be Content:
1. Do What You Love
Whenever you do what you love, no matter the activity, you find yourself happier.
So many people are stuck in activities they find boring. And the number one culprit is their jobs.
The average person spends over 20% of their total waking hours at work. So you might as well do something you enjoy.
Doing what you love makes being content much easier. It boosts your self-esteem and your self worth, and makes you more motivated to try new things in life as well.
2. Be Grateful
Try practicing gratefulness by learning to enjoy and appreciate what you already have.
One of the reasons people struggle to be content is because they spend more time focusing on the things they don’t have rather than the things they already have.
When you take stock of everything you have (friends, family, possessions, health), you’ll find things to be happy about. Chasing away the negative thoughts creates room for a better perceptive in life. Even when challenges arise, you’re able to count your losses and move on without feeling miserable.
Always remember that no matter how little you have, there’s always someone out there with less.
3. Appreciate the Small Things in Life
Focus on the little things that give you pleasure like taking a walk, playing with a pet or the feeling of warm sunlight on your face on beautiful summer day.
When you recognize the value of the little things, you’ll realize that most of them are free.
You can make time from your busy schedule to just relax and enjoy some pleasures. Feel the sun on your skin, have a conversation with a friend or check up on your parents.
It’s the little things that make you feel better about life.
4. Serve Others
When you put your resources to serving others, you learn to be content.
It will make you appreciate what you own and have to offer. Plus, adding a little ray of happiness on others will naturally make you happy. Seeing the fruits of your assistance grow and make someone life better in turn reflects back to you.
Giving back and lending a helping hand allows you to see the value in what you currently have, whether it’s donating your time, skills or money. The fact that you’re able to give something is a sign that you’re in a good position.
5. Accept Yourself
Accepting yourself for who you are gives you unlimited freedom to happiness. Seeing the happiness that already resides in you opens up the path to enjoying external happiness. If you can’t make yourself happy, no one can because happiness is rooted inside you. You owe yourself the same amount of love you show others. Understanding and accepting everything that you are makes it easier for others to accept you, so don’t be too hard on yourself.
6. Be Positive
If you’re struggling to understand how to feel content with yourself, try being positive. Always identifying yourself in a positive light, chases the negativity away. When you choose positivity, the real you gets an opportunity to shine. Positive vibes attract other positive events. If you want to be surrounded with happiness, it’s high time you left the negativity behind. Always see the good in people and situations. And always assume positive intent. It opens your eyes to new opportunities and relationships.
Being negative has no benefits to your life. So place negative thoughts aside and try to always keep a positive state of mind.
7. Be Your Best Friend
Making yourself the first center of crisis resolution enables you to look within.
You’ll be able to identify with yourself in a relationship that lasts forever. Be kind to yourself as you would a friend. Being your own friend means you’ll always be on the lookout for things that will benefit you. It makes you understand that you need to love yourself in order to grow in happiness.
You won’t be out there trying to compete with other people just to acquire appreciation because you’ll already appreciate and love yourself yourself. And the end result is being content with life and yourself.
Take time out from everything to relax and meditate.
It clears away the stress and worries of everyday life and enables you to focus on positive energy. Mediation also stimulates the part of the brain that makes you feel good.
It never hurts to take happiness wherever you find it especially when it is within yourself.