Contentment is a considered choice that we can all choose to make. Choosing contentment allows you to be at peace with yourself and the world, as it is around you. Filling your personal inner void with contentment also enables you to disconnect from chasing achievement and accumulation and frees you up to live a more rewarding and fulfilled life. By showing gratitude for all that is your perspective quickly changes so that you can easily view a clearer bigger picture and all of life’s opportunities. Here are 5 steps to creating contentment through gratitude.
When you are truly thankful for the life you have your perspective swifts and you begin to view life in a different way. Letting go and shifting into a place of gratitude creates a positive impact in your living experience and also in your physical health. When you are thankful you lower your stress levels, gain a deeper sense of purpose, increase energy and develop better coping strategies. As stress reduces you may also improve symptoms of depression and build a stronger immune system.
Gratitude and contentment are perfect partners that feed each other and create a continued opportunity for enrichment of life and a clearer perspective. Simple things like thinking before you speak help you to develop a daily practice of being gracious, and also helps to redefine your patterns of behaviour. Being thoughtful, kind, courteous and benevolent impacts on how other people feel around you and creates positive experiences. Being gracious enables you to recognise the good in everyone and in every experience so that you naturally develop a sense of contentment.
Being at Peace
When you can accept that life is how it is and you live in the moment you develop a sense of calm and acceptance that instills a feeling of inner peace. Being grateful for every experience, good or bad, helps you see the positive in all experiences. Challenges become blessings and this new level of acceptance presents opportunities for self-discovery and wonder that you may not have noticed before.
Contentment is not about living in a happy bubble and going through life switched off to the realities of living. Living in the moment and accepting every experience as a blessing means that you become content in a general everyday sense, which in turn enables you to be at peace with your self, others and situations. Gratitude for every experience creates a feeling of contentment and calm that allows you to live a more meaningful life. As you reflect on all that is you also open up your experience of life to a more profound sense of contentment.
Being honest with yourself and accepting who you are frees you from having to compete and from living your life to please other people. Gratitude helps you accept all aspects of yourself, including your uniquely wonderful individuality, and teaches you how to be content that you are not someone else.