How to Feel More Contented with your Life

1. Take a moment to be grateful for something. What in your life is good, or makes you happy? Even if everything seems to suck, there must be at least one good thing. Find something, and begin by being grateful for that.

2. Catch yourself thinking, “This sucks.” It’s amazing how often people think this thought. It might be in different words, but if you catch yourself going down that road, stop and try and reverse the thinking. Find a way to see something good or beneficial in the crummy situation.

3. Find the little things that bring you joy. Find the simple things that make you happy, and focus on those rather than on what is wrong, or what you don’t have.

4. Identify things about yourself that you’re actually happy with. We tend to criticize and put ourselves down. Try and break that habit by asking yourself, “What do I do right? What am I good at? Make a list, and keep adding to every day. Then, start to focus on those things rather than on the negatives.

5. Use the same approach with others in your life. Instead of attacking them, or focusing on their flaws and shortcomings, ask yourself, “What is good about this person? What do I like about them?”

How to Develop Contentment

1. Spend time with contented people, and those who are grateful for what they have in life.

2. Choose to celebrate the good things in life, even when things are tough, or much harder than you’d like.

3. Brighten up the lives of others you encounter with random acts of kindness – and helping when you can.

4. Be the kind of person who often “plays it forward” and is caring, understanding, patient, warm and generous.

5. Live in the moment and just enjoy “right now” – and be fully present with the people in your life.

6. Think of all the people who have helped along the way, and added to your life, or have been a source of joy.

7. Make a list of all the list things that you are thankful for – from a sunset, to hot chocolate, to a warm bed to sleep in.