Choosing Contentment Increases Moments of Happiness

The past week in Bend extended some of the most ideal summer days. Clear blue skies, low eighty-degree weather and only, if any, the gentlest of breezes. Having lived in Oregon all but one of my 42 years, I also know wildfire smoke often drifts into the air stream, and our blue skies and air […]

How to Let Yourself Bloom: 12 Ideas for Personal Everyday Contentment

“Find a way to do what you love and everything else falls into place.” —Adam Frost, British garden designer and Gardeners’ World co-host At first glance, the above quote may seem far too simple. And a doubtful reader may argue, Even if I do know what I love, being able to do it regularly is […]

Awareness + Being Present = Deep Contentment & Peace of Mind

“Let go of thinking and rest the mind in awareness. That is when we discover peace of mind.” —Andy Puddicombe Positive thinking is powerful, but forcing positivity can be exhausting as it ignores what is. Negativity and cynism is destructive and life depleting, and to walk through life with a jaded perspective closes our lives […]

295: The Gift of Discontentment (yep, that’s no typo)

“Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” – Thomas Edison True contentment runs like a river feeding our everyday lives with constant inner peace. Whether the weather for the day is a turbulent snow storm or a sunny Blue Bird day as we call them in Bend, the river of True Contentment continues to run […]

5 Simple Changes to Create Significant Immediate Contentment

Something as simple as a sliver when removed, floods the physical body with immediate relief. As I stood in my bathroom with a tweezers and needle in my hand this past weekend, I gently pulled out a minuscule tip of wood from the inside of my thumb. Elation. A deep breath of an erasure of […]

Extending Kindness, A Path to Deepen Contentment

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” —Amelia Earhart It is easier to be kind when all is going well in our life. After all, the initial, unconscious understanding of kindness is extending something to someone else, thus reducing what we have […]

93: 15 Everyday Habits to Live a Life of Contentment (top episode from Season 2)

While it may appear that everyone outside of ourselves is living lives full of amazing, surreal moments from distant lands or dining out at amazing restaurants, even wearing the perfect item of clothing or experiencing bucket list events with every scroll on our social media apps, the reality is that we too are living an […]

244: Give Yourself the Gift of Contentment Everyday, All Day

“Finding an ease with what you are thinking, feeling, the world as it is, not necessarily accepting it, but not resisting it. This is contentment.” —Andy Puddicombe The truth about contentment is that it is different than being happy. We cannot know what it feels like to be happy if we have not known sadness, […]

219: How to Cultivate Surroundings for Everyday Contentment

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #219 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio | YouTube | Spotify “Your environment, where you live and how you shape your surroundings, is the biggest, most important and most impactful thing you can do to favor your own happiness.” —Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones of Happiness Have you ever said to yourself – if only […]

Why Not . . . Cultivate Contentment Today?

“Pursuit of contentment is not the pursuit of an elusive tomorrow; it is the celebration of today. In that, it is the pursuit to end all pursuits.” —Majid Kazmi Spring is beginning to bloom in Portland this week, and so as I went on a couple of walks with the dogs, it was the blossoms […]

181: The Importance of Finding Contentment

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #181 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment.” —Swami Sivananda Recently I overheard someone describe their weekend as boring, using the descriptor in a negative tone (remember this post on my thoughts about being boring?). Being […]

162: From Seeking Happiness to Cultivating Contentment: A Shift in Pursuit

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #162 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “Focusing on happiness as our ultimate goal is self-defeating; being in a constant state of happiness is, simply put, impossible.”—Paul Hudson Place the word happiness on the cover of a self-help book and it will sell more times than it won’t (Amazon has over 40,000 book […]

11 Life Truths About Contentment That Seem Impossible Until We Experience Them

As children and young adults, and possibly even as adults, we hear from innumerable persons the axioms of living a happy life: marry your best friend, live like today is your last, or life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. Okay, seriously? Didn’t Diane von Furstenberg tell us to be […]

10 Things People Who Have Found Contentment Understand About Uncertainty

“You’ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.” —Julia Child ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #100 The oft mentioned quote regarding knowledge which has been attributed to both Aristotle and Albert Einstein goes something like this: “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know”. Why I share this quote […]

15 Everyday Habits to Live a Life of Contentment

“The best way to conquer self-doubt is to follow your dream and work your ‘bass’ off.” – CBS Sunday Morning speaking of musician Meghan Trainor ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #93 The highs in life that we each experience from landing the job we’ve been coveting for years, celebrating a hard-earned diploma, signing the papers on […]

One Small Adjustment Away From Contentment

“We are all just one small adjustment away from making our lives work.” –Paul Rudd in How Do You Know? A life well lived is one that involves discipline, reflection and the conscious awareness of our present actions on our future. It is quite easy in our day-to-day lives to enjoy instant gratification, after all, […]

True Contentment

“After a while, you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul.  And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning and company doesn’t mean security. And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts and presents aren’t promises.  You begin to accept your defeats.With your head up and your eyes open. […]

314: Dive Deep into Life Instead of Paddling on the Surface

“The missing element of oxygen, when brought home, gives us time in which we can record the tiny, visceral, magnificent details of living. The shower after a sweaty workout, a belly laugh with a friend, the warmth of fine whiskey, rain on the roof, or a tight and lasting hug . . . Busy can […]

This & That: October 15, 2021

All sorts of new cookbooks, décor books, cozy reads, cozy scarves, an international film I cannot wait to watch set in Sweden, two theatre productions highly praised, clothing sales and fall finds and much, much more. Books —Beautifully Organized At Work: Bring Order and Joy to Your Work Life So You Can Stay Calm, Relieve […]

The Need to Let Go of Distraction

“To be creative, one should simply unwind mindlessly.” —Craig Wright, Ph.D, author of The Hidden Habits of Genius The mind wanders into discovery. Whether while we sleep and our decision making and logical thought parts of our brain turn off freeing up the hippocampus, amygdala and visual-spatial cortex to have free range, while walking (without […]

313: The Importance of Finding Meaning in Life: 9 Lessons taught by Viktor E. Frankl

“Man’s search for meaning is the primary motivation in his life and not a ‘secondary rationalization’ of instinctual drives. This meaning is unique and specific in that it must and can be fulfilled by him alone; only then does it achieve a significance which will satisfy his own will to meaning.” —Viktor E. Frankl First […]

312: The New Hello, my conversation with The Confidence Project founder Tracy Hooper

The workplace has shifted in a short amount of time, largely due to the pandemic, but also prompted by many other social and environmental awakenings. Communication, civil communication, remains at the epicenter of a civil society; however, currently, a significant learning curve has taken place, and we need to keep up in order to strengthen […]