Learning The Contentment Habit


American self-improvement guru Dale Carnegie aptly pointed out that it isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it. If you are anything like me, then you probably see others are living amazing lives, creating cool things, going on adventures and wish you were doing something cool like that too.

While this is an inherently human habit, it is wrong because it leads to a feeling that your life isn’t good enough, that you aren’t good enough and consequently the pursuit of more which is never enough.

Happiness, contentment and greatness aren’t out there. You can spend your whole life chasing this happiness, dreams, greatness, coolness, and never reach it. That’s because it’s right where you are now.

Stop looking elsewhere for happiness it is not  in what others are doing, in what you should be doing, in what others should be doing but aren’t, in the things you should improve. Instead turn to where you are right at this moment and realize that this moment is enough. Those ideal experiences that often enter your mind of what you should be doing or where you should be aren’t of any higher quality than the experience you’re having right now.

When day-to-day life revolve around chasing after what others have and getting more, we can forget to stop breathe and appreciate who we are and what we have. And yet contentment being at peace with ourselves is what empowers us to give back to the world, fully and joyfully. Start everyday by taking just a few moments each day to affirm your greatness and completeness and your life will have more meaning instead of the rat race that goes on in the world.