Contentment comes only when you change your thinking

The world thinks contentment comes from having everything you want. That's wrong.

Contentment comes from being happy with what you already have.

As you can see, there's a big difference. Our capitalist society always wants you to be buying something. That's how it runs. The trouble with that is you're always dissatisfied.

Have you ever noticed that? You think when you buy the next "Big Thing," that you'll finally be happy and life will be a dream. But if you are able to buy it, you soon discover that the attraction fades as soon as it's in your possession. It becomes just another piece of junk on your pile. Oh, you may show it off to friends and relatives, but eventually it loses its appeal.

The idea that "I'll be happy when..." drives many of us, but it's a lie. Life ticks by, every second, and those are seconds of potential happiness lost.

While I believe we should always have something exciting to look forward to, I firmly feel that we should seek fulfillment in the present moment.

    Tips for contentment:

  • Don't postpone your happiness. You can spend days--or years--thinking you can't be happy until a certain thing happens. When it does--or if it does, you've lost days or years you can never get back.

  • Learn to enjoy the now. We're alive in the present moment. The past is gone and the future is a promise that may never happen. Being satisfied comes from making the most of the present.

  • Count your blessings. All of us are richer than we realize, right now. What would you trade for your health? Your family and friends? The place you live? Instead of focusing on what you don't have, try concentrating on what you do have.

  • Be happy with less. Don't let advertisers or your friends tell you what you want in life. Decide for yourself. You don't need a certain brand or product to achieve happiness. Tune out the "shoulds" and "musts". When you have enough, why would you need more?

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