So yes, contentment isn’t as glamorous or exciting as being in a state of euphoria. But it is warm and comforting. And life is just simpler when you are happy with what you have, instead of wishing for things you don’t have!
I’m pretty convinced if we work on being content every day, we will feel happy every day. Extreme happiness comes and goes, but contentment is a reassuring constant that keeps us going.
It’s time we realise that tiny tweaks lead to big changes. We don’t only need major events to keep us happy. It’s also about the little things in life that keep our happiness-jar full. So here are five tips on how to be content:
We easily get caught up in the idea that exercise is a way of losing weight or building those muscles. But working out does more than that!
Numerous studies have shown that exercise carries physical and mental benefits. Every time you hit the gym, your body creates its own feel-happy-cocktail and releases hormones which make you feel more positive. And don’t forget about the added bonus of enjoying some alone time.
2. THE LITTLE THINGS
Small acts of kindness to yourself and others are just as important as moments of euphoria. It’s the little things in life that give you a sense of belonging. Whether you cook a meal you love or watch your favourite series, it’s these moments that add the icing on the cake.
3. PICK UP THE PHONE
I’ve had many moments when I rather felt like pulling my duvet over my head than hanging out with friends or family. It’s normal. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. But skipping out on that date with your duvet so you can spend time with your loved ones is never a bad idea. Who wouldn’t like to be surrounded by people who love them?
In short, it’s about living in the moment. Call it meditation, hippie love, or daydreaming, but it’s important you take time out of your day to focus on yourself. Take the time to focus on where you are in life, what you’re doing, and how you feel about it.
Making the time to see whether you’re still living a life you’re happy with, helps you to give back to the world. As cheesy as it may sound, “you can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.”
Find a way to remind yourself of all the things you have to be thankful for. We’re all human. We’re guilty of forgetting.
To remind myself, my husband and I write down favourite memories and place it in our memory jar. This gives us the opportunity to look back at our happy memories at the end of the year and to share our gratitude.
Doing something as simple as this will amaze you with all the things that have made you happy; things you have accomplished and overcome throughout the year. Not only does it bring a smile to your face, but it reprograms your brain into seeing the good in a situation!
Teaching yourself to be content in life teaches you how to be happy. Not because everything is good. But because you can see the good in the world around you!