June 25, 2011 § Leave a comment
DEFINITION OF CONTENTMENT
NOUN: a state of happiness and satisfaction : he found contentment in living a simple life in the country.
SYNONYMS: contentedness, content, satisfaction, gratification, fulfillment, happiness, pleasure, cheerfulness; ease, comfort, well-being, peace, equanimity, serenity, tranquility.
As I get older and older, I’m struck by how many “senior” people I meet who are not content with what is going on in their lives, which is the same as saying unhappy. For that matter, I’m struck by how many people are unhappy regardless of their age. There are so many reasons for unhappiness or discontent that it would be a futile exercise to try and list them all.
By the same token, however, I also believe that many of us could attain a greater degree of happiness were we to focus more on the the things that help us to feel more contented. These things are both physical/material and psychological.
The postings in Senior Contentment will be aimed a discussing ways to gain contentment (and all the synonyms listed above) gradually and consistently until we have improved our state of being in terms of mental equanimity.
I also hope that we’ll be able to have discussions through the comments so that all will be able to profit through the knowledge and experience of all. I also hope that younger people, that is, not only seniors, will participate as well. Contentment isn’t something available only to the older people among us.