10 Things I Learned in 2010 About Being Content

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The following is a guest post by Irene S. Roth, for theย 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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Rajesh@Hack Facebook Account December 23, 2010 at 12:58 am

Frequently, we keep on thinking to be someone, leaving the work in our hands incomplete. Its always better to accept what we are and work in right way rather than complaining about ourselves and conditions around us.
This post really brings out drawbacks in you so that you can work on them.

Eugene Farber December 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm

I could not have come across this post at a better time. Not exactly in greatest of moods right now…and then I randomly came across this.

Must be where I’m supposed to be ๐Ÿ˜‰

Karina@social media December 16, 2010 at 2:07 am

I agree with what all the points you have mentioned. I believe that the real key to happiness is acceptance and contentment. Sadly, a lot of people nowadays don’t have such attitude and thinks that happiness can be found in material things.

Ana/Traffic Generation Cafe December 15, 2010 at 8:07 pm

I totally love this post Irene. A very inspiring one. It’s a reminder for everyone to be truly grateful with who we are and what we have. Instead of wanting things in life that we do not have and comparing ourselves to others, let’s be thankful and appreciate every blessings and enjoy life to the fullest.

Thanks for sharing,


Alease Michelle December 15, 2010 at 6:01 pm

“Don’t complain, be grateful” is one of my favorite sayings. In since the holidays have started, I hear more and more people complaining about their lives. I say to them just be grateful. Every morning before getting out of bed- I say thank you to my Creator and I smile that I’m able to see a wonderful day.

I can say with a smile – I love my life! I just wish others could say the same.
Wonderful post!
Alease Michelle

Alex@Jocuri December 15, 2010 at 1:33 pm

One of the dumbest things you can do is to compare yourself with somebody else, thats bad. No people can be compared in the real sense of the word, they all have their special abilities, they suck at something and excel at something else and so on.
And, you shouldn’t never think of comparing yourself with other in the first place, self confidence is a big asset and not having is a big loss.

RinatisDinoro December 15, 2010 at 11:35 am

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

I find that one the most difficult one, especially being given the fact that there are so many stupid people around us who try to make our lifes nightmares…

Sarah Arrow December 15, 2010 at 2:11 am

Lovely post Irene, just took a moment to savour it ๐Ÿ™‚

I shall try and stop being so demanding of people, I think it’s my biggest flaw. I expect so much from them as I believe in them ๐Ÿ™‚

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