On Contentment


From Wilfred Peterson’s Essay entitled Relaxation

Modern man must learn to break the tensions of daily living or the tensions will break him.  He must learn to bend with the stresses and strains like a tree in the wind.  He must develop the resiliency of spirit to spring erect again after the storm has passed.

He strives to carry an inner serenity with him so that even amidst a while of activity he will not lose his poise. He learns to ‘cooperate with the inevitable’ and he accepts life with faith in the ultimate triumph of right and good.

He knows that confusion is one of the chief cases of tension so he organizes his work, puts first things first, does one thing at a time, avoids hurry and develops a spaciousness of mind.

He observes that the face with a frown marks the tense person, and that the face with a smile is a symbol of relaxation, so he strives to meet life with a sense of humor.  He learns not to take himself too seriously and to laugh at himself now and then.




  1. Dalai Lama

    If one's life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements. And finally, there is an intense delight in abandoning faulty states of mind and in cultivating helpful ones in meditation.
  2. Paul Bunyan

    I am content with what I have, be it little or much.
  3. Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power ands wisdom which animates all whom it floats, and you are wihtout effort impelled to truth, to right and perfect contentment.
  4. Buddha

    Contentment is the greatest wealth.
  5. Socrates

    He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
  6. Mahatma Gandhi

    Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man's happiness really lies in contentment.
  7. Dalai Lama

    When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, 'Oh yes - I already have everything that I really need.'
  8. Maya Angelo

    We need much less than we think we need.
  9. Pearl S. Buck

    Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.
  10. Alison Krause

    I don't look for bliss, just contentment.

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