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My website, as you know, is entitled: Dan Dissects Life - Practical Tips for Happiness and Contentment. Quite often people think that happiness and contentment are synonyms for each other, but...they're not. One can be very happy and not contented. However, if one is contented - they may not exhibit the traits that one thinks of when they contemplate what happiness should mean. Yet, the contented person may, indeed, be very happy.  

Happiness is a state of considerable pleasure and cheer. The happy person is often gleeful, light, and even euphoric. Happiness is wonderful. The mind and body may be overcome with elation. It is a beautiful "place to be!" However, happiness may come and go. Contentment, on the other hand, is often a way of life.

An example may be the parent who watches his or her child graduate from college. They are proud of their offspring and happy to see him or her reach one of life's great goals. Yet...even during the ceremony, the parent's thoughts may drift to school loan payments (and how they'll deal with them), whether or not their child will be able to find a satisfying profession, and, perhaps, a sadness of knowing that their child will soon be leaving home. They might find themselves being discontented while, at the same time, experiencing happiness.

Contentment is different. It is a feeling of peace with one's self and one's life, an ease of mind and satisfaction with one's state of being. Happiness adds a certain texture to the contented person...a taste of extra satisfaction to an already satisfied state. Yet - there is also a constant calmness to the contented person's "soul."

Happiness might manifest itself when one buys something "new," enabling the buyer to sense fulfillment and joy. The contented person may realize that they are fine with what they have and that just "being" and feeling nature's energy is fulfilling enough.

Experiencing happiness without contentment may leave a person "empty." But, meshing happiness with contentment can lead to a life filled with calmness, love, laughter, and relaxation...no matter how many things and how much money a person may, or may not, have.

5/27/2013 06:26:00 pm

Great post Dan, I think I learned a little about myself after reading this!

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Dan Goldberg
5/27/2013 06:54:27 pm

Thanks for your kind words Cindy! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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vmohan
5/29/2013 12:40:40 pm

very good differentiation between them

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Dan Goldberg
5/29/2013 04:28:35 pm

Thank you so much for your comment vmohan...I greatly appreciate it!

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Widow woman
5/29/2013 02:39:56 pm

Having experienced both happiness and contentment as well as extreme loss and disappointment, I agree that it is contentment which calms the soul and moments of happiness that enrich our contented being.

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Dan Goldberg
5/29/2013 04:29:55 pm

Widow woman,

I very much appreciate your insightful comments!

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Ruby Van Dijken UK
5/29/2013 03:06:02 pm

This is so true, totally agree with you. I would like to add that contentment is often because of gratitude. Being grateful for everything in your life, the good and the challenges. If we are not grateful for the things in our lives, happiness will be fleeting, and we won't find contentment in our lives. so Gratitude should always be our Attitude. Counting our blessings, that makes one happy and contented. have a wonderful day. Dan Goldberg

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Dan Goldberg
5/29/2013 04:31:27 pm

Rudy,

You points are well taken...thanks so much for adding your wonderful thoughts!

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Banjara Brit
5/29/2013 08:45:52 pm

Thank you for the clarification. I had recently told a friend that I wasn't happy; I was content. I was a little taken aback when she seemed sorry for me and couldn't find the words to express myself. This explains it perfectly.

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Dan Goldberg
5/29/2013 09:06:14 pm

Banjara,

Thanks for sharing your interesting comments...you have shed additional clarity on the subject!

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Anita
10/16/2013 03:01:12 am

Thank you for this clear written explanation. I used to think they were similar, but clearly you have expressed otherwise.

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Dan Goldberg
10/16/2013 09:39:00 am

Anita,

Thank you! I'm glad that you enjoyed my article and also...that it gave you a different perspective.

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3/23/2015 02:07:22 am

thanks, i enjoy each information, it actually fulfill my needs onto such stage.

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