The Number One Source of Unhappiness
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Date Created:09 Feb 2015
Last Modified:09 Feb 2015
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The number one source of unhappiness is discontentment.
If people can learn to be content, then they can be happy.
Contentment is satisfaction with one’s situation. It is an
acceptance of one’s lot in life. Yes, it means being happy with what you
Unfortunately, most people are not content with what they
have. They desire something more than what they have. They feel as if what they
currently have is not good enough. They tell themselves that things will really
be cool if they had this or that; and so they work hard to get it. Their
current achievements don’t seem good enough because it does not measure to what
Such people will always be unhappy. They will be unhappy
with their achievements. They do not have the patience to wait for their work
to mature and yield results. They will feel as if they are wasting their time
with their current venture because it is not yielding results as fast as they
People who are not content will probably leave a long chain
of unfinished projects. Because they are so hasty for success, they will try
all sorts of tricks to reach where they want to be. They will seek short-cuts. Hard work takes time. It requires effort. And sometimes, it seems to take forever.
Because they are so hasty for success; because they so badly
want to get to what they envision as fast as possible; they begin to feel that
the reason they are not yet there is because they are on the wrong path or are
approaching the matter wrongly. So they leave the path they are on and follow another
one which promises quick results. Their hasty actions led to more misery. It
leads to more and more failure.
Discontented people are disillusioned. They envision that
when they have something or achieve something, then they will be really happy.
But the truth is, when they achieve the envisioned thing, they will seek
something else. Their happiness will only last as long as they are content with
On the other hand, people who are content appreciate their
current circumstances. They are positive and they find a reason to be happy
with what they have.
Being content doesn’t mean being visionless. On the
contrary! People who are content have dreams and visions. But they are not in a
hurry to get there. They enjoy the journey. If for some reason they make a
decision which results in loss, they patiently analyze where they went wrong.
They know success sometimes takes time. They know that failure is part of the
whole process. They learn from it and forge ahead.
People who are content learn to look at the positive side of
everything. They realize that they have a lot to be thankful for. They actually
notice that they have made progress. They compare where they were a day, a
week, a month or a year ago and realize that they have moved closer to their
People who are content know that they have a lot to be
thankful for. They are not self-centered. They seek out to help people with
less than what they have. This helps them appreciate the lot they have.
So which do you want to be, happy or unhappy?
Remember, it’s not that thing which you don’t have that will
make you happy. It is that which you already have. You already have everything
you need to be happy. All you have to do is embrace it.
Stop looking to others to make you happy. Look within
yourself. If you are unhappy within yourself, no one else can make you happy.
It is in fact selfish to expect other people to work to make you happy.
If you appreciate yourself and what you have, you will be
happy. And when you are happy, you can share that happiness with others. That
will lead to more and more happiness.
Happiness, like love and knowledge, increases when it is
So learn to do things that make you happy; and find a way of
involving other people in those things.
You will become a very happy person.
Start right now.
Start with what you have.
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