Monday, July 02, 2007

Be contented with what you have

"That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest."

"A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world." - Joseph Addison

“He who is contented is rich”- Lao Tzu

“Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have.”

The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach. - Lin Yu-t'ang

"It is right to be contented with what we have, but never with what we are." - James Mackintosh

The bible tells us in 1 Timothy 6:6-8 (NKJV)

"Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.

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Jennifer said...

Hi Sam...

GREAT post!

Just last week I was reviewing some research on happiness and satisfaction.

Basically, it all boiled down to the idea that the happiness neurochemistry (smile), is created during contentment, and that when we are content we bring into our lives happiness.

Ahhh science is finding out what enlightened thinkers have known! LOL!

Thanks for this Sam,


linafxt said...

that is really very inspiring its good to read such posts like that reminding ourselves to be more satisfied and happy in the world we all need to read such post to inspire us...good post sam and inspiring too

Sam Chan said...

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for sharing the research findings about happiness and satisfaction.

Blessings to you.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Linafxt,

Thanks for your nice words. I am glad that you liked this post.

Best wishes.

Anonymous said...

health is the greatest gain, contentment is the highest bliss =)

Something Buddha said, but I think it is very much universal.

We chase for glory, fame and success, but it is the simple things in life like forgiveness, contentment and compassion that makes life so meaningful.


Sam Chan said...

Hi Anonymous,

Thanks for sharing your insights and wisdom. Indeed we must constantly remind ourselves so that we don't chase after glory, fame and success and forget about the more important things in life.

Thanks also for the nice quotes.. "Health is the greatest gain, contentment is the highest bliss"