Everyone, of course, wants to be happy. For many people, however, happiness is like a moving target. They might think that they will be happy by having a certain amount of possessions or a certain status. But then they find out that that’s not the case. Or they might feel happy about it, but only for a moment.
That’s sad, because happiness is actually available for you now. You don’t need to wait until next year or even tomorrow to have it. It’s already there.
How can we have it? By being content with our lives.
I believe that being content is an important key to happiness. The fact is, you already have everything you need to be happy; you don’t need anything else.
We often overestimate the role of external factors when it comes to happiness. We may think that things such as wealth and status make us happy. But the truth is: happiness is mostly a state of your inner self. If you are happy inside, then you will be happy outside, regardless of your circumstances.
In fact, once you learn to be content with material things, you can see that there is a lot of beauty in your everyday life. For instance, you can now discover the joy of friendships. You can also enjoy nature. Believe it or not, they can give you more joy than you can get from material things.
Being content doesn’t mean being stagnant, though. It doesn’t mean just staying where you are. You must still strive to be the best person that you can be. You must still aim to go to the next level. But you don’t need any of those promotions to be satisfied with your life. Your happiness doesn’t depend on them. You can already be happy here and now.
If you have this attitude, then you will lift a big burden off yourself. There is no more pressure to obtain superficial things. You can enjoy your life now rather than later.
Learn to be content with your life, and discover the beauty of life all around you.
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