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Happiness, in many ways, is like a wave. It's a state of emotional high that comes with experiencing something joyous or fulfilling. This could be anything from acing a test, getting a job promotion, to spending quality time with loved ones. However, just like a wave, it peaks and then recedes. It's reliant on external circumstances and events, most of which are beyond our control. This makes happiness fleeting, a temporary state of joy that can easily be disrupted by life's challenges and uncertainties.
On the other hand, contentment is like a deep and steady current beneath the ocean's surface. It's an enduring sense of peace and satisfaction that comes from within. Contentment is accepting and appreciating what we have and where we are in life. It's a perspective that is less about the external world and more about our inner state. It's about recognizing that while we may not have everything, we have enough. Unlike happiness, contentment is not easily swayed by life's ups and downs.
While both happiness and contentment bring positive feelings, their sources and lasting power differ significantly. The pursuit of happiness can sometimes lead to a constant chase for temporary highs and can potentially leave us feeling unfulfilled in the long run. On the other hand, nurturing contentment can provide us with a steady source of satisfaction and peace, even in the face of adversity. This is not to say that we shouldn't seek happiness, but rather, we should strive for the deeper, more sustaining experience of contentment. Contentment provides us with the strength and stability to enjoy happiness when it comes, without being dependent on it.
Just a thought,
Published on Monday, July 24, 2023 @ 9:01 AM MDT
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