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What Is Contentment and Why Is It Essential For Happiness? 5 Benefits

what is contentment and why it essential for happiness

5. Simplicity

When you are able to distinguish your wants from your needs, you stop overburdening yourself. You relieve yourself from the stress of wanting more and more. Contentment promotes simplicity. It teaches you to be happy with what you have, whether little or abundant.

Instead of wanting your possessions to grow, you start working on personal growth. Because at the end of the day, inner peace fueled by contentment may matter more than the car you drive or even the house you live in.

If you wish to feel the essence of contentment, it’s important to practice gratitude, be aware of the fact that nothing is permanent, understand that material things do not often promote long-term happiness, and realize that life is not a race or competition: it is about self-sustenance. The more thankful you are in the present, the happier you may be.

Simplicity attracts wisdom.
What Is Contentment and Why Is It Essential For Happiness? 5 Benefits

Sometimes a mental health condition can make it more difficult to feel a sense of contentment or inner peace. When this is the case, therapy or counseling could help. Reach out to a licensed and caring professional today.

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Written by: Jacqueline D. Pearce, LMHC
Originally appeared on: Good Therapy
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Jacqueline D. Pearce, LMHC

My name is Jacqueline D. Pearce and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, School Counselor, and Doctoral Candidate (2020) with over 20 years of relative experience. I am looking forward to hearing from you, so we can begin our journey together.View Author posts