What are your symptoms of contentment? I put the question out on Facebook. Here are some of the responses I received:
- Yoga pants, little to no anxiety, and sleeping well at night.
- Wearing a smile for no outward reason.
- Breathing properly.
Is it odd that the question feels challenging? I referred toHow to be happy: Tips for cultivating contentment for guidance. These are the 5 tips they expound on: investing in relationships, expressing gratitude, cultivating optimism, finding purpose, and living in the moment.
My symptoms of major contentment include:
- An absence of task-oriented thinking.
- An Open-Faced Sandwich Smile*.
- Attending to breath.
- Lack of food pre-occupation.
When it comes to food, I do think about it often by necessity. After all, I have recipes to select (and sometimes create). Then, there’s grocery shopping, cooking, and baking to do. I have to think about food quite a bit. However, I know that I am in flow and doing purposeful work when I stop wondering what I’ll eat next. I tend to stress-eat, because there have been times in my life that I’ve worried about where the next meal is coming from. At least, I think that’s why I do it.
Symptoms of Wellness and Contentment
I think it might be handy to have a list of signs and symptoms for wellness and contentment. We could run through the list each day declaring, “YES! I have that and that and that…ope, I’m missing a bit of that. Looks like I have some wellness work to do.” Wouldn’t that be more fun than checking the symptoms we feel to discern what might be going wrong with us? I think I’d rather look up what’s going well with me.
Now I’m super curious! Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know your top signs of contentment and wellness. Or, please leave a comment about it.
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This post is part of a series inspired by Eat Pray Love.
*A note on the Open-Faced Sandwich smile. In Amy Poehler’s wonderful book Yes Please, she talks about people who are like open-faced sandwiches (if my memory serves me right). That inspired the phrase I used. For a joyful read and some great life perspective, I highly recommend her book.