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Published on August 29th, 2017 | by voxx

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Contentment – Escaping the Cycle of More, More, More

Contentment: Defined as a state of happiness or satisfaction.

Are you truly satisfied with what you have and where you are?  In today’s consumerism society, we are constantly being told if only we have more we’d be happier: more money, more possessions, the latest technology or brand-name, a better job, a significant other; if we lose just a few more kilos then we’d be happier than we are now. Every day we are bombarded with advertisements that play into these insecurities and discontentments, making it feel as though we’re stuck in a never-ending cycle of dissatisfaction. We enjoy some short-lived satisfaction and then bounce right back to wanting more. How, then, do we escape this cyclical pattern? How do we feel content with what we already have and enjoy our present season of life?

1. STOP THE COMPARISON

Ever heard the quote by Theodore Roosevelt, “Comparison is the thief of joy”? Whenever we compare ourselves to our neighbors, friends, colleagues, or the celebrity on Instagram it magnifies our own insecurities. We think ‘if only my eyebrows were on-fleek like hers or I had a pair of Yeezy trainers like him’. These comparisons lower our self-esteem and make us feel less worthy. We may not have what they have but that doesn’t make us inferior or any less valuable. In fact, somebody else is probably comparing themselves to you too.

2. GRATITUDE IS KEY

Have you ever been on a camping holiday and on return come to appreciate your hot shower or bed so much more than before? There is always someone or something we can be thankful for no matter where we are or what we have. Gratitude shifts our perspective from what we lack to what we indeed have. It allows us to notice things perhaps normally overseen or take for granted. We must shift our focus and appreciate life and the surroundings we find ourselves in all the time.

3. RECOGNISE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AMBITION AND CONTENTMENT

Living content and being a peace with where you and what you have doesn’t mean lacking drive or ambition. It’s not sitting around and not going after your goals and dreams, but more the motive behind the action. Stop and reflect or why you want what you want. Is it to show off? To be better than your peers? Content people don’t have the best of everything but they make the best and the most of everything.

- By Sophia Rook


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