How to Feel More Contented with Your Life

 

 Author:  John D. Thomas 8 August 2017 Copyright 2017


Contentment comes from having peace of mind about your life.
 This means being grateful and happy with what you already have. It also requires you to carefully choose those things you wish to obtain in the future. But how does one go about having a feeling of contentment and peace of mind?  

Obtaining a feeling of inner peace and personal contentment largely depends upon not demanding (or expecting) to always get your way.   You cannot perpetually seek to arrange your life and the world around you so that it always conforms to your liking.  Doing this is a recipe for frustration and anger.  There is a better, more realistic way to achieve contentment.

Seek contentment by carefully choosing your desires and goals. Don’t try to chase too many goals at once! Instead, limit your number of desires to those that really matter rather than trying to satisfy every whim that catches your attention.

Desires and goals can give you a sense of purpose and self-worth. Set goals and pursue desires that are realistic and attainable. This is important. Be aware that chasing unattainable goals and desires is guaranteed to create feelings of perpetual frustration and great anxiety.

You also should only set goals and entertain desires that can be satisfied without compromising your principles and integrity. If the manner in which you pursue goals and desires compromises your principles and integrity, you will not have inner peace. Contentment will be illusive.

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Socrates had sage advice about achieving contentment.  He noted that, "He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have." The world around you will never conform to all of your expectations.  Expecting otherwise is foolish.  You are asking the world for something it can never give you.  To find inner peace of mind and contentment, set aside the desire for life to always be how you want it to be.  Accept and deal with life as it is. You can’t always get what you want… but you can still live a happy and very rewarding life.
  

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