Cultivate Contentment

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Have you ever been excited about an achievement only to feel your joy evaporate in the wake of someone else’s success or one-upmanship? This month we’re examining comparison and contentment — and cultivating joy and gratitude in all aspects of your life.


Melanie Ott

P.S. I’m excited to share my recent Posh Seven magazine interview about my coaching approach and guidance for living a life of meaning and purpose.

Inspirational Thoughts

Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty. — Socrates

Health is the greatest gift, contentment is the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. — Buddha

Why Contentment is the Only True Wealth

We’ve all been there. One minute, a new car, big promotion, or a good piece of news has you over the moon. The next, a friend or family member’s comment about his or her bigger, shinier achievement has you green with envy or doubting your success. It’s shocking how comparison can destroy our happiness in an instant by robbing us of contentment.

But others’ accomplishments don’t have to detract from your own joy and satisfaction. By avoiding the comparison trap — Theodore Roosevelt described it as “the thief of joy” — you can cultivate true happiness and peace through all of life’s ups and downs.
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Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Prize, once said, “Contentment is the only real wealth.” The wealth of contentment is self-generating; it comes from within ourselves, not from external sources.

Contentment reduces stress, improves your outlook, and makes life more enjoyable. It provides the freedom to be and enjoy who you are and appreciate what you already have without longing for more or feeling inadequate. Through contentment you’ll cultivate joy and peace from your experiences and live the life you were destined to.

Tips for Cultivating Contentment

A few tips to crush comparison and grow more satisfied and joyful.

Focus on the Future

At Leap Forward Coaching we have a process to help you cultivate contentment to gain new perspective and find increased fulfillment and peace in your life. Our thoughtful methods help you focus on the here-and-now and live your best life!

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