Contentment vs. happiness

I loved this blog post by ali and thought I would repost it as Im sure others will enjoy it just as much as I did.

The Mindful Gardener

My daughters are at an age when there are lots of comparisons.  Clothes, make-up, phones, grades, ‘likes’…

Acquiring such things can bring happiness.  But does it bring contentment?

Happiness is a short burst, and generally comes from something external.  Someone praises your work.  You get 300 followers on social media.  You click ‘buy’ on your favourite website.

Contentment is a slow burn, and generally comes from within.  You consistently work hard at something.  You have to stick with it and exercise patience.  There is adversity and frustration, and times like it seems you are not getting a reward, but you keep at it.  You have a sense of direction, and are following a path.  You enjoy the process.  You toil the soil.  You stitch together.  You keep doing the boring stuff, like sorting the washing and putting away the dishes.  You may or may not get recognition, but you know…

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12 thoughts on “Contentment vs. happiness

          1. Wow! She must be very talented. It is hard work indeed and it can be stressful, especially if she has to work two jobs. Good luck to her. Have a wonderful week Alison.

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              1. I totally understand as I have been in the same situation… About 30 years ago. At the time, I was “doing theatre”. Dancing is about the same. Very tough career choices indeed.

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  1. Thanks for sharing, Alison – what a great post conveying the differences. I’m sure many of us have mixed them up in the past. 🙂 And thanks for leading me to Ali’s blog, as well. 🙂

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