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Many people have an illusion of the fact that their happiness is linked to their life achievements. You might think that you’ll feel happier after getting a promotion, having kids, or moving into a newly purchased house.
Well, that’s true to some extent. But have you ever noticed that such kind of happiness is often short-lived?
In order to lead a happier life, you need to add contentment to your life. That’s how you’ll be able to stay happier and calmer, regardless of the circumstances.
But how is contentment related to happiness?
According to renowned followers, true contentment is actually a deep-seated sense of acceptance for yourself and your surroundings.
See, there are times when people get so busy that they literally forget about taking a break and thinking about their current situation. In other words, people tend to focus excessively on either the past or future instead of the present.
So, if you are looking forward to leading a happier and healthier life, you need to add contentment to it. This in turn, will bring you back to the present and help you achieve sustainable happiness.
For that, here we have some tips for you that can help you cultivate long-lasting contentment in your life.
- Pause and take a breath
The first step towards adding longevity to your contentment is that you need to eliminate toxicity from your life.
Just slow down for a moment and think about things or people who make you feel unhappy or anxious. This could be your job, your friends, or even your partner.
For instance, suppose you sense that you’ll feel much happier after following your long-forgotten passion than feeling stuck in a mundane work routine. In that case, you need to look and compare what great things your job has given you and what risks you might encounter while following your passion. Once you are sure about the fact that following your passion is something that can improve the quality of your life, just do it.
Or, if you feel that someone important in your life is making you feel unhappy, learn how to focus and embrace the good qualities. This way, you will start neglecting all those little things about the person that bothered you without distorting your relationship.
All you need to do is, stop, take a deep breath and look at the bright side of the situation, and eventually, you will start living a contented life.
- Pave the way for your curiosity
It is actually very normal for people to repress their curiosity. This is because most people ignore the value it can add to their lives. This, in turn, ends up shaping a boring life for you.
Curiosity is something that helps in broadening your perspective and enhancing your overall life experience.
In fact, some tend to shy away from asking questions thinking that they might come across as nosy or get judged.
So, if you are curious about trying new things or sports, think about what’s holding you back.
For instance, if you want to try kayaking or scuba diving, then sign up for the sessions before it is too late.
Having an open mind and wanting to learn new things will help in finding out answers to the questions you might not have known otherwise.
Embracing curiosity is one of the best ways to instill long-lasting contentment in your life.
- Take good care of your body, health, and mind
Imagine trying to live a content life and taking frequent trips to emergency rooms. Nobody wants that. Right?
That’s why it is really important to make sure that your body and mind are at the best of their health. Plus, it is a bit obvious that a healthy person has better chances of living a content life than a physically or mentally ill person.
So, you need to spruce up your well-being by exercising, meditating, and adopting other relaxation techniques. You can also use simplified living solutions to pamper and take care of body and mind.
In fact, believe it or not, living in a bland and boring space can also curb your spirits. It affects your mood and is not good for your mental health. So, it would be best if you add good and uplifting things to your surroundings.
For this, you can opt for scented candles, fairy lights, and other things that can be a treat for your mental health.
- Show people how much you appreciate someone
It is needless to say that your happiness automatically doubles when you have close ones to share it with. Now imagine feeling the positive vibes of such people all the time? Feels pretty amazing. Right?
And you can do your part for this by offering kind and appreciative words to people who are important to you. This will not only help in building up your emotional bank account but also strengthen your relationships.
The best part of this is that the more you give, the more love and appreciation you will receive in return.
You can also consider practicing gratitude for people and things that have enriched your life like nothing else. Write good things about them and how happy they make you feel in your journal.
Knowing that there are people out there who love you and how appreciative you are towards them can help you lead a contented life.
- Learn to enjoy things that don’t require money
According to psychologists, many people think that the more money they have, the happier they are going to be. Well, money can surely help you live a comfortable and luxurious life. Such people are often worried about how to make more and more money. And that’s definitely not contentment.
Contentment is all about feeling satisfied with what you already have. And that’s why you must try to learn how to appreciate things that don’t necessarily require money.
The things include meaningful conversations, finishing a good book, taking a long walk on the beach, or spending time with nature. Once you start enjoying these little things, you’ll be able to achieve that long-lasting contentment you’ve been longing for.
In the end,
Living a contented life is one of the best ways to spend your lifetime. It will make you enjoy every moment of your life and allow you to see what good things you’ve been missing out on.
So, use all the tips mentioned above and install long-lasting in your life right away.