When we feel bored and restless with life, we switch up our routine or try something new. However, sometimes we reach to the point where we’ve been feeling unfulfilled with our lives for weeks, months, and even years.
The feeling of discontentment lingers because we’re searching for happiness. Happiness is a strange concept, and it may be hard or impossible for many to find it because happiness is a state of being, not an object. If you are in a state of happiness, it is not in a continual state since life is always throwing challenges at us.
Instead of falling into the happiness trap, live with contentment.
The state of being content, or contentment, is about peaceful satisfaction. It is about appreciating where you are in life and what you have, rather than wishing things were different. However, it does not mean you should settle for a life that doesn’t bring you joy. You should continue to set goals, dream big for yourself, and do your best to achieve them. Just don’t rush to reach your goals, instead work towards them diligently.
The strange thing about contentment is that it’s possible to have outer struggle yet feel fulfilled inside at the same time. It’s because contentment works through the bad in your life while simultaneously celebrates the good. Being content is something you can continually work towards, whereas happiness may come and go.
Here are the ways to help you with your journey in cultivating more contentment in your life.
Live your values. You can easily be your authentic self if your actions and thoughts are in line with your values. Being your authentic self is going to give you a greater sense of contentment. Values provide us with motivation, energy, and they calm us down. They are essentially what we care about most in life. Values drive you toward your dream.
If you are continually thinking about the future or are dissatisfied with life, it is vital to make sure you honor your values in your daily life. If not, make a plan to honor your values every day.
Nourish your mind, body, and soul. Take care of yourself inside and out to feel more content with the way you are now. A lot of people stay focused on the future because they imagine themselves happier, slimmer, healthier, etc., but to make your imagination a reality is to take action right now.
Play up your strengths. Usually, we take a lot of time trying to change things in our lives that we don’t like. If changing our dislikes does not materialize, we tend to complain about them. Most of us have this mentality of being good at everything, but you need to know that everyone will have their weaknesses.
Rather than focusing on things that you’re not good, continue developing your current skills and strengths. Think about how you can use your strengths to the best of your ability to prevent you from dwelling on the things you don’t like about yourself. Emphasize the parts that you do want to have more time living a fulfilling life.