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Practicing Contentment is an Inside Job

POSTED BY: Oliver Ross \ December 28, 2015
Practicing Contentment is an Inside Job

The practice of contentment is the persistent yet patient pursuit of becoming increasingly aware of the inner workings of our mind, how these workings affect our emotions and behaviors…

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Consistently Center Yourself in Appreciation

POSTED BY: Oliver Ross \ December 23, 2015
Consistently Center Yourself in Appreciation

Strive for consistency in taking some of the actions which foster a predominately appreciative state of mind (Chapters 16-19). Make it a daily habit to read the reminders you posted, meditate, pray, and take any other kinds of actions which will increase the size and strength of your sweet spots (Chapter 10).

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Neutralize Resentment to Cultivate Contentment

POSTED BY: Oliver Ross \ December 23, 2015
Neutralize Resentment to Cultivate Contentment

Neutralize Resentment to Cultivate Contentment

Carrie Fisher When discontent manifests as resentment – the deep degree of anger that results from having perceived that someone treated us wrongly or that something should or shouldn’t have turned out as it did – practitioners of contentment use their best efforts to remember that resentment is a hostile and self-piteous dimension of discontentment. … Continue reading Neutralize Resentment to Cultivate Contentment

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Appreciate Yourself

POSTED BY: Oliver Ross \ December 23, 2015
Appreciate Yourself

Do your best to recurrently appreciate yourself: the things you have already acquired and achieved, the recent actions you have taken to promote contentment, the love you share with family or friends. Taking this action will enhance the size and strength of the contentment-evoking sweet spots which formed each time you became aware of and … Continue reading Appreciate Yourself

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Use your smart phone to regularly remind yourself

POSTED BY: Oliver Ross \ December 22, 2015
Use your smart phone to regularly remind yourself

Use your smart phone’s “Reminder” function to regularly remind yourself of the importance of practicing contentment (Chapter 18).

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Defuse Discontentment

POSTED BY: Oliver Ross \ December 22, 2015
Defuse Discontentment

Do your best to defuse any discontentment you feel by tracing it back to the unappreciative more, better, different thought that preceded it and remembering these types of thoughts are delusional, fantastical, and fictional (Chapter 6).

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Appreciate your Natural Surroundings

POSTED BY: Oliver Ross \ December 22, 2015
Appreciate your Natural Surroundings

Appreciate the beauty of your natural surroundings: the magnificence of the rising or setting sun, the splendor of a star-filled sky, the grandeur of a mountain range, the loveliness of trees, bushes and plants, and all of the many other beautiful bounties of nature. This is yet another action that will enlarge the size and … Continue reading Appreciate your Natural Surroundings

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Workaholism: a Common Consequences of Not-Enough Thinking

POSTED BY: Oliver Ross \ December 17, 2015
Workaholism: a Common Consequences of Not-Enough Thinking

Workaholism: a Common Consequences of Not-Enough Thinking

“I used to be a classic workaholic, and after seeing how little work and career really mean when you reach the end of your life, I put a new emphasis on things I believe count more. These things include: family, friends, being part of a community, and appreciating the little joys of the average day.” … Continue reading Workaholism: a Common Consequences of Not-Enough Thinking

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