It’s a hectic crazy world. In the U.S. we are bombarded by constant stimuli telling us we need this and we need that. It’s very easy to begin to believe we can’t be really fulfilled if we don’t have a new whatever.
What to do. How do get fulfilled? One thing that we can consciously do to cultivate contentment is to give of ourselves. Give back. Give something away. That may seem paradoxical, but it is probably the most reliable way to feel better about everything in your life.
There have been times that I have felt so grateful for my life that I wanted to just give back, without getting anything in return. Ultimately, I found that isn’t possible. Whether I was volunteered for an organization, could give financially, or was just helping a friend, the sense of connection and completion that I felt was way beyond what I gave. Always.
I think the trick is, I wasn’t trying to get anything. This joy just flowed back to me because it is the natural way of the world. When we give we feel connected. When we are connected, we feel a sense of well-being.
On Facebook, and Twitter, and on any media, we like to see the stories of people giving to one another. We feel even better when we are the ones doing the giving.
Try consciously being as generous as you can with your words and your actions. You will feel contented consistently.