Having written a book called Six Simple Rules for a Better Life, with a subtitle, “Practical, achievable ways to be happier, healthier, and more…” and a first chapter (the first rule) called, “Be Happy,” happiness—for myself and others—is clearly one of my missions.
Late last year, I enjoyed reading A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life by Lama Marut. Right from the start, he talks about the importance of being content with our present life—what we have and where we are—and not longing for more, or to be somewhere else.
I already knew about (and had written about) the idea of being present—focusing on the present moment rather than lamenting or romanticizing the past or worrying about or wishing for the future. And I already knew about (and had written a lot about) the idea of gratitude—recognizing, and being happy for, all that we have, rather than focusing on what we don’t. But I hadn’t given a great deal of thought to all of that falling under the category of contentment, which now becomes one of the many important things that I have learned since I wrote my book.
Here’s a short video which speaks to the subject in a simple, powerful way: Dr. Weil’s take on happiness vs. contentment.
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