This is probably one of the most impactful episodes that I can ever share with you. When you master your contentment, you can master your life, vices, impulsive spending, and you'll learn to live a much more joy filled life. Who wouldn't want that?
Contentment in American is few and far between – we’re constantly trying to keep up with someone and we’re being bombarded with ads on how to become better, fitter, stronger, more beautiful, smarter, etc etc etc.
According to an NPR article, America is 41% less happier today than it was 50 years ago despite the fact that we have endless knowledge and wisdom at our fingertips, modern medicine has increased our life spans, and economically, even if you are living at or below the poverty line in the US – you’re in the top 1% earners in the world.
Living in modern day society is tough and it’s up to you to create your own happiness. Here’s some practical tips that I use in my life to help me be content with where I’m at.
Make your space clean and beautiful – when we live in spaces that are cluttered – I believe it’s a direct representation and reflection of our current mindset
Focus inward – pray, meditate, spend time working out because all these activities will release endorphins which boosts your mood and helps you be happier
Avoid ads/social media/tv/etc. – I know that this one is like blasphemy in our modern world but our brains are constantly absorbing information. CONSTANTLY. When we’re bombarded with picture perfect models with rockin’ bods, or the uber rich living a luxurious lifestyle – we take that in and process it, as if that’s what we should have too. Now, if that’s your goal – go for it! But, know that your life is your own. You will not have the life of someone else and chances are, you don’t want it because you don’t know what’s happening behind the scenes of picture perfect instagram.
Remove/block/unsubscribe from everything that isn’t serving you. It’s a lot of work to do this, but it’s worth it. Not only will you be overwhelmed with stuff that you now want because of some ad, but you’ll also gain so much time back in your day because you’re not stuck opening a million emails
Understand that once you’re happy with where you’re at, you’ll be in a better position to get to where you want to go. When we practice gratitude, statistically, you’re 25% happier than those who don’t, are more optimistic about the future, and have better health.
When you’re happier, more grateful, you’re more inclined to be hopeful and optimistic towards your future and take more action steps towards reaching your goals.
Being content with where you’re at goes so much further than finances – it really affects your whole person. So, how are you going to implement these practical tips into your life? Let me know in the comments.