Happiness and Contentment Living Better on Less

SunflowercloseLess can be more, even in art. During the 1960′s and 1970′s, stripping art down to its fundamental features began showing up in many art forms.

We can Be Happy with who we are and what we have. We can grow into ourselves, and become content with who we are and what we have. Then we no longer need brand name clothing, or more money, to define ourselves. Enough just looks different when we are happy within ourselves. Happiness doesn’t come from wealth, perfect looks or even a perfect relationship. Happiness is a choice that comes from within.

We can re-define how much is enough. It was quite interesting when I was sailing up the Queensland coast in company with two other boats; each ‘boat’ had a different idea of how much was enough. The people off one boat would start talking about needing a job and some more money when they had a few coins left in their pockets. We started talking about needing to stop for awhile and work when we were down to our last hundred dollars and the third boat load of people started to become concerned when they still had quite a few hundred dollars of cash left in their pockets. Everyone’s idea of what is enough or necessary is different, and can change as our attitude changes.

We can stop trying to keep up. The truth is, there will always be someone who makes more money, or has a bigger car, or better label clothes, more friends, more stuff. . . . It is an un-winnable race, that ties us and our lives up. We are each unique, and have our own special talents and skills to share. Measure success based on personal progress alone, not that of others. We don’t need others to dictate how we live. Everything in life is not going to be perfect, and that’s perfectly all right!

We can re-define what is necessary. Clutter has a way of sucking the life energy out of us and replacing it with feelings of chaos and of being weighed down. Clutter is often an unrecognized source of stress that promotes overwhelm, frustration, distraction and even guilt. De-clutter now. Remember, if it hasn’t been used in the past 6 – 12 months or you don’t absolutely love it, then re-purpose it, give it away or sell it and turn it into cash.

We can Eat Real, Nutritious Food by re-learning some of the old skills, researching food sources and eating more home prepared food. Learn what grows seasonally and locally. We can grow as much food as possible ourselves. Don’t be limited by the size of outdoor space available; container gardening has become very popular. Simple, sustainable living is about reducing dependence on someone else to supply our needs.
Food used to be something we ate to nourish and heal ourselves. Now food is produced for profit rather than the health and well-being of people. The evidence of this is showing up more and more with each passing year. Begin eating less from prepackaged, processed ‘foods’. Eat foods as Nature intended, not as man has manipulated, in greed for profits.
What we eat directly impacts our mood and energy levels, both to our advantage and disadvantage. Present day research and experience is proving without a doubt that there is a connection between what we consume and how we think, feel and act.

Practice  Gratitude. The more aware we become of the beauty in our lives, the more beautiful our lives will become. Contrary to popular belief, happiness and contentment doesn’t come from fame, fortune, other people, or material possessions. It comes from within us. We will have a deeper sense of contentment if we count our blessings instead of yearning for what we don’t have. There’s a popular saying that, “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.”

Happiness and contentment is a feeling, an attitude, a state of mind, and as such can not be purchased or given. It must be chosen. We can choose to be Happy and Content Living Better on Less, or not, the choice is ours.

What would you do differently if you thought you were enough and had enough right now?

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7 thoughts on “Happiness and Contentment Living Better on Less

  1. Hi Christie, Good stuff. I loved the old fashioned sailing lifestyle in simple yachts when I was younger, then when a family came along it wasn’t right for us. Security, stability and a welcoming, comfortable home (not fancy) were important. At this stage of life (now that the family has grown up) I am enjoying living simply off the land. The thought of living a cruising lifestyle doesn’t appeal any more, nor does having a large home or working full time. I feel so fortunate that I have been able to make choices in life – follow through with the work and live the consequences. I do not always feel happy or content but I think I have a need (responsibility) to keep striving for something better. Not in a material sense but for development of myself, society and the planet. Don and I have a commitment to a ‘principle centred’ lifestyle and living with integrity. I have always made mistakes and I need to remember to keep strong, calm and be a person that family, friends and those important to me want to be around.

  2. Hi Faye, Thank you for sharing your experiences and ideas. You are a kindred spirit :-), and with your experiences and ideas/goals so similar to my own. I haven’t yet completely let go of the idea of traveling in a Gypsy Wagon in the future, but living/traveling in a yacht no longer appeals to me either. Though I did love the lifestyle when I was younger too. X Christie

  3. Wow…it is so nice to read this and know that I am not alone in the world..that there are others that feel the same…slowing down has been a process for our family over the years….the quote:“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.”….that is the way to live your life….thank you for sharing-robbie:-)

  4. I too have learned to slow down, to completely quit the rat race and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. I have found that I am more content and happier than ever with my choices to quit working part time and stay home; even though my husband works out of town during the week. It is nice to know that we are all in this together. Thank you for such encouraging words!

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