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10 Ways To Develop CONTENTMENT In Your Life

10 Ways To Develop CONTENTMENT In Your Life

Contentment is one of the greatest joys in life. Happy are you if you are endowed with the priceless gift of contentment.

Contentment is simply a state of happiness, fulfillment and satisfaction in who you are and what you have.

Sadly, many people go through life worrying about what they don't have instead of appreciating God for what they do have.

A life coach will tell you that you can never win at life running another man's race. CELEBRATE YOU and celebrate the gifts and blessings of God on others.

A wise man Socrates wrote “He who is not contented with what he has, will not be contented with what he doesn’t have.”

“Happiness is self-contentedness.” – Aristotle

Contentment is not the same thing as settling for the status quo. It’s having the sense of fulfillment as you are passionately striving to live out your purpose. Contentment is not the same as complacency. As soon as you stop growing, you start dying.

Even the holy book has a lot to teach us on the topic of contentment.

"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out." 1 Timothy 6:6-7 (KJV)

Settling for poverty or the low life is not contentment. There are many people who seemingly have little or no regard for material possessions. They accept poverty as a normal living condition, and their major concern is where they will sleep that night or eat that day. 

Don't make "material things" and "possessions" the source of your sense of happiness and joy.

"Not only does contentment provide the opportunity for minimalism, it also reduces your stress level, improves your outlook, relaxes your body, and makes your life enjoyable. There is an unmistakable freedom that accompanies contentment: a freedom to be who you are, enjoy who you are, and live the life you were destined to live.

Yet in our consumeristic-culture where discontent is promoted and material gratification is encouraged, learning to be content can be very difficult. It is certainly a personal journey that we all must travel and nobody’s journey will look the same." writes Joshua Becker  in becoming minimalist.

10 WAYS TO DEVELOP CONTENTMENT IN YOUR LIFE

1. Become more grateful. It is impossible to develop contentment without gratitude – they are inseparable. A grateful person will be fulfilled with whatever they have. Learn to focus on the good things in your life, rather than the things that you lack. Be grateful for what you have and you will experience more contentment in your life. Be happy and laugh more. 

2. Appreciate what you have. It is possible to be grateful for what you have but don't appreciate what you have. You will need to appreciate what you have to succeed in life. See the uniqueness in your special gifts and abilities. Appreciating who you are is one of the great steps to success. 

3. Attitude change. The wrong attitude feels like they been robbed in life. They see themselves as victims. They feel “when i get _______, then i will be happy.” Remember, your happiness is not reliant on the acquisition of any possession. Your happiness is based solely on your decision to be happy – and this may be one of the most important life lessons you can ever learn.

4. Help othersHelping others takes the focus off you. When you begin helping others, sharing your talents, time and money, you will find yourself learning to be content. The practice will give you a finer appreciation for what you own, who you are, and what you have to offer. Practice helping people and you will soon discover how rich and powerful you truly are. 

5. Celebrate others. Celebrating others who seem to be more successful than you will help you develop the wonderful gift of contentment.

6. Put your gifts to work. One of the negative effects of discontentment is that it paralyses you from using your gifts and talents. Put your gifts and talents to work no matter how small and insignificant you think they are, you'll be surprises that its exactly what you and your world need to make a difference. 

7. Break the negative habit of satisfying discontentment with new acquisitions. Buying another new dress, shoe, car or furniture is not going to add more joy into your life. For many of us, it has been ingrained into our lives that the proper way to diffuse discontent is to purchase the outward item that is seemingly causing the discontentment. Almost no energy is spent determining the true root of the discontent.  The next time you recognize discontentment surfacing in your life, refuse to give into that bad habit. Instead, commit to better understand yourself and why the lack of that item is causing discontent. Only after you intentionally break this habit will true contentment begin to surface.

8. Pray More. Prayer helps us to appreciate even the little things of life. Prayer breaks our pride and humbles us. Make it a daily habit of yours to pray daily.  

9. Learn to do more with less. Be content with what you you are and what you have, never with what you are or where you are. Never stop improving yourself, never stop learning, growing, or discovering new strides.  

10. Simplicity. It’s about being content with less, with a simpler and richer life, rather than always wanting more, always acquiring more, possessing more and never being content or fulfilled. 

Discontentment evaluation is simply examining why you want more, and solving that issue at its root. At the root of wanting more is not being content with what you have. Once you’ve learned to be content, you don’t need more. 

You can stop acquiring, and start enjoying. 



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