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10 Things I Learned in 2010 About Being Content

December 15, 2010

in Health

The following is a guest post by Irene S. Roth, for theĀ 10 Things I Learned in 2010 series.

We could always find things to be unhappy about. Being content in life is hard for some people to bring about. In this post, I will reflect on ten reasons why you should be content in your life.

1. Where you are is where you should be.

We all want to be somewhere else from time to time. But when we are always hoping to be somewhere else, we’re not where we are, are we? So, practise being content just right where you are this minute.

2. Don’t obsess over things you don’t have.

You can’t live an abundant life if you’re always obsessing over things that you don’t have. Instead, give thanks and appreciate what you do have. That will make you feel much more peaceful and in control.

3. Love yourself just as you are this very minute.

We are all hypercritical of how we look. Our culture is one of perfect size and shape. And if we don’t measure up, which is most of us, we just feel terrible about ourselves. Try to enjoy yourself just as you are.

4. Stay in the present and rooted to the moment.

It is easy to have our mind and attention scattered to other things and areas. We could spend most of our time in the past or thinking about the future. Instead of doing these things, try and stay rooted in the present moment. Live the moment, taste it and smell it. There is so much to experience.

5. Don’t compare yourself to anyone.

Comparison is really hard to cope with. You end up feeling terrible about yourself and your situation. The grass always seems to be greener on the other side of the fence. But it is not necessary to always be living this way. Instead, be grateful for what you have this minute.

6. Don’t complain. Instead, be grateful.

We always tend to complain about everything. Nothing is quite right, because nothing is quite perfect. Although nothing can be totally perfect all the time, we can appreciate the here and now. We can choose not to complain and play the victim and just wallow in the blessings of this present moment.

7. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

The best way to stay happy and content in your life is to not pester over small inconveniences and discomforts. Just grin and bear them as much as possible.

8. Take time for yourself every day.

One of the most important things that you can do to help yourself feel content is to do things that are pleasurable and that you enjoy every day. You may want to take some time to read or to take a nice warm bath. Whatever it is, indulge your senses.

9. Breathe often and take a breather.

It is easy for us to just get so carried away with the busyness of life that we forget to take the time to just breathe and hang out. We need times to just lay low. And these times are just as important as productive times for us. So, sit back and take a few restorative deep breaths right now.

10. Be kind and compassionate instead of demanding to the people around you.

It is easy to make demands on others, especially demands that are difficult for others to bring about. Instead of this, be kind and compassionate, and make no demands. Your outlook will be very different and you will really enjoy your life more.

Try and be content in your life. This is the only life you have. So, rejoice and be glad in it.

About the 10 Things I Learned Series

From Tia: This is a guest blogging series on BizChickBlogs on 10 Things Learned in 2010. I’ve invited a handful of people to submit guest posts on this topic, and I would love to have more! If you have something you can write about, whether it be about what you learned about social media, having a blog network, taking time off, investing in premium plugins, starting another blog, closing a blog, whatever – contact me and let me know or read the guest blogging guidelines and send your guest post that way. Everyone is invited. Thanks!

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