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Introduction to Happiness and Contentment

Happiness and Contentment: Unleashing Inner Strength


“Happiness and contentment.” These words might appear unassuming, perhaps even passive. Yet, they are the cornerstones of our emotional landscape. Let’s delve deeper.

The Skepticism of Happiness


I recall a conversation with a psychologist during my time at Simon Fraser University. He dismissed my assertion that I was happy, rolling his eyes as if I were naive. According to him, happiness was an elusive mirage—an unattainable state. But is it really?

The Dual Path to Well-Being

Truth be told, we need both happiness and contentment. They are not opposing forces; rather, they complement each other. Here’s why:

Contentment definition: “Contentment” is a profound state of being, transcending mere desire. It’s the quiet acceptance of what exists, the gratitude for the present moment. In this realization, we discover that abundance lies not in accumulation, but in appreciation.

Contentment: Often overlooked, contentment is a vital component of a positive mindset. It’s the acceptance of our present reality—the acknowledgment that our car might be aging, our house compact, and our career less thrilling than anticipated. Yet, contentment doesn’t signify stagnation. Instead, it’s the foundation for growth, learning, and adventure.
Happiness: The elusive butterfly we chase. But what if I told you that happiness isn’t external? It resides within us, waiting to be recognized. It’s not about constant euphoria; rather, it’s the quiet joy of existence—the warmth of a sunbeam, the laughter shared with a friend, the scent of morning coffee.

The Power of Appreciation


By embracing contentment, we open the floodgates of the universe. Gratitude becomes our currency. When we appreciate what we have—however modest—we invite abundance. It’s not magic; it’s alignment. The universe responds to our energy, echoing back our sentiments.

Here is an example of what that would look like. 

Happiness and contentment in a country gardenImagine a garden bathed in golden sunlight. Each flower, each blade of grass, whispers its own story. The butterfly, with delicate wings, dances upon the breeze. The hummingbird, a fleeting jewel, sips nectar from the trumpet vine. And there, beneath the ancient oak, sits an old man. His eyes crinkle with laughter lines, and his hands, weathered by time, cradle a cup of tea.

He gazes at the world around him—the simple pleasures that weave the fabric of existence. The warmth of the sun on his face, the rustle of leaves, the distant laughter of children. His heart swells with contentment, for he knows that life’s true treasures are not found in grandiose dreams or endless striving.

Abundance is not measured in possessions, but in moments. The taste of ripe fruit, the touch of a loved one’s hand, the quietude of dawn. These are the threads that bind us to the universe, the constellations of our souls.

And so, my friend, let us embrace the art of enoughness. Let us celebrate the ordinary, for within it lies the extraordinary. Let us sip our tea, gaze at the stars, and whisper our gratitude to the cosmos.

For in the quietude of happiness and contentment, we find the universe nestled within our hearts.

 

Now before I go on you might be interested in my Be Inspired page where you will find my Sunday Affirmations each week. Click on the button below and give us a thumbs up to join other Be-Inspired Enthusiasts.

20 Positive Affirmations for Practicing Contentment

Creating Your Postive Affirmations Index Cards

The video describes a method of using the affirmtions in the fornm of a card deck. Use the form below to get your copy of the 20 affirmations so you can duplicate this method.    

Feeling Happiness: Guided Meditation

Next Steps

Use The Steps Below In Sequence For the Best Results

Step one: Watch the 20 Positive Affirmations Video in this post.

Step Two:  Click here to download the affirmations and create your affirmation cards.

See the directions below.

Creating Your Positive Affirmations Card Deck 

Step Three: Do the ten-minute meditation

 

 

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