Are you happy with your life? Happiness and fulfillment come from a sense of contentment. How does one become content? Well, I think it starts by realizing we have enough.
We often drive ourselves crazy pursuing more. In fact, constantly wanting more is what has pushed America into a recession. Greed, envy and an obsession for more has taken it’s toll. Let us now pursue contentment!
Three fantastic articles about contentment and having enough
There is no better time to become content with what you have. We are richly blessed! When was the last time that you even had to concern yourself with the basic necessities of life? Many struggle every day just to survive. We need to remind ourselves of this more often!
1. Accept that your paycheck is enough!
I really enjoyed David’s article this week over at MoneyNing. He wrote 5 Surefire Ways to Stop Thinking Your Paycheck is Never Enough. I’ve been guilty of this. Again, we make plenty. We simply get caught up in thinking we need more. Raises will probably be conservative in 2009 for most people. David’s advice to stop comparing yourself to others and to avoid jumping your lifestyle ahead of where it should be is very timely.
2. Material possessions do not make us happy!
David at My Two Dollars wrote Finding Contentment While Others Around You Want More. He warns us not to fall into the trap of believing that a new possession will make us happy. I’ve made this mistake a ton of times in the past. I, like David, have experienced the rush of making a new purchase only to be let down in a few weeks or a few days. David shares some great ways to help us avoid repeating this mistake.
3. Start enjoying today right where you’re at!
Rather than continually seeking happiness elsewhere, become content right where you’re at! Sara at On Simplicity shares some Simple Ways You Can Start Enjoying Today. I like her suggestion to stop saying, “I’ll be happy when…”. Again, been there, done that! We are in control of our lives so, why do we continually make ourselves so miserable by always wanting more? Why not just enjoy what we have? If we don’t, life will be over and we’ll have wasted it.
Happiness is a choice!
We have the power to be content with our lives and savor the good things in it. It is a choice that we make every waking moment. What will you choose today?
Here are a few other articles I enjoyed reading this week:
- 10 Businesses You Can Start For Peanuts (or less!)
- 6 Reasons Why I Joined Toastmasters
- As Long As You Can Make The Payments – You’re Fine
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