What Does It Mean to be Content?

For some people, the grass is always greener on the other side.

You get a job and get your own place—but you’re not making much. You just know you’ll be happy once you make a little more money. Then you get a raise, and everything seems to be going well, until you realize that you’re lonely—and if that perfect guy or special lady would come along, you’d finally be happy. But you never are.

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At its root, this is a contentment problem. When you’re not content, you spend your whole life jumping from one thing to another, always hoping the next thing will be the one, big thing that makes you happy. And, if that’s your approach, it will never happen.

So the question is: “Where is your treasure?”

Contentment gets a bad rap in our world today. A lot of people think of it as laziness or apathy. But that’s not contentment.

Our world is addicted to a mentality of “bigger is better” and “what’s next?” So the idea of just slowing down and enjoying what you have right in front of you, before moving on to the next thing, is foreign to some people.

Related: Can Gratitude Make You Rich?

Comparing yourself to others will never fulfill you. What’s cool doesn’t matter. All that matters is whether or not you’re making the most of the life you’ve been given. 

When you’re content, you realize that you can own stuff without being weighed down by it. And that’s a great place to be.

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