“Happiness is self-contentedness.” – Aristotle
The other day at work I was sitting at my desk listening to my co-workers talk about golf or maybe they were talking about politics or diets. I really don’t know what they were talking about; I was zoned out sitting in my office chair enjoying myself. One of my co-workers, Jordan, turned to me and said, “Jill, you look content. You’re just content with life aren’t you?” I smiled and said, “Yeah, I am content.”
Contentment means being mentally or emotionally satisfied with things as they are; peace of mind; happiness. Self-content means to be content with oneself; self-satisfied. I can’t say that I am 100% happy with myself at the moment so maybe I’m life-contented. I am happy with my life right now and it shows. I don’t have a permanent scowl on my face anymore!
I believe we can choose whether we are happy or unhappy. Many people see contentedness and happiness as the same thing. In many ways they are, but when you’re happy, it’s a state of being, influenced by a number of factors, one of those factors being contentedness. Contentedness is being satisfied with what you have; it influences happiness. You can choose to be content too. Always wanting more can be exhausting. I think it’s a good idea to simplify life, get finances in order, prioritize relationships, look for a new job if the current one is not satisfying, count blessings, show appreciation for people, remember to breathe, smile often, set goals, work toward self-improvement, and despite your current condition choose to be happy.
“A joyful heart makes a cheerful face; a sad heart makes a despondent mood. All the days of a poor person are wretched, but contentment is a feast without end.” – Proverbs