1. So important to focus on the things that went well—to register all the good that already exists in our lives. Thanks for a great article!

    1. Hi Richard, Thanks for the positive words – there truly is a lot to be grateful for, and noticing this makes such a huge impact on our lives 🙂 All the best to you!

  2. I love this post and was thinking I want to share it with my 13 year old, but he might find it overwhelming. Until you mentioned a ’13th’ tip…try out one of the 12 tips each month! That is so doable. These are wonderful practices! I’m bookmarking so I can come back each month an we can do these together as a family.

  3. This is such a great post Yolanda!! I am someone who is glass half full and wanting to celebrate all of the things but I do also (in my enneagram 7 personality) shy away from the hard. I really appreciated the step to turn negatives into positives! Stuffing emotions is so unhealthy but if we can find a way to reframe them that’s key!

  4. Such a great article Yolanda! I like how you incorporated helpful tips along with guiding questions to really get your readers to think through contentment. I loved it!

  5. This is such a great post! I’ve always found that, even on my lowest days, there is always something that can make me feel content with what I have. My husband has always been helpful with that because he grew up in a place where safety was not a basic human right. Now that we are living in Canada, he is thankful for EVERYTHING because at least he doesn’t have to worry about his safety so much. I had been taking the safety of Canada for granted my entire life but now I have a new appreciation for it.

  6. I’ve read this post before, but it’s something I come back to frequently – because it’s so inspiring! I’m currently learning how to have a positive spin on a negative situation! Thank you for writing incredible posts!

    1. You’re so kind Laura 🙂 Thanks so much for the feedback and so happy to hear this post inspired you! Take care xo

  7. If you are not content with what you have, you will never be happy and you will miss so many things.

    1. So, so true Irene – nicely said.

    1. I love doing this one too Sarah! I bet you’ll sleep better by doing it. Let me know!

  8. Kiki Johnson says:

    I’ve started writing a gratitude journal each night and even though I’ve been made fun of in the beginning, now hubby has his own 😜 love this article!

    1. Ah! I love that your hubby is also gratitude journaling – what a difference it makes to your day in a positive way!

  9. Love, love, love this post! I definitely need to work on turning a negative into a positive, but I wholeheartedly believe in balance! Thank you!

  10. These are such great suggestions! Thanks for sharing them all.

  11. I actually watched that TEDtalk in my psych class and I LOVED it. Being more content with what I do have is hugely important to me. We don’t need “more”!

  12. Writing a “went well” list is my favorite on here! Sometimes we can perceive the day as negative even if only one bad thing happens, but if we actively think about all that went well that day, it can help us understand that the good outweighed the bad!

  13. This is a brilliant post! I think I’m pretty contented most of the time although I do go through bad patches. I’ve done many of the things on the list for a while now, they definitely help. A new one for me was writing a list of what I take for granted. I’ve already thought of a few things, including my husband and having enough money to buy things I want. I’m sure I can add some more!

  14. Thank you so much for this post! It’s a great reminder to sort of ground yourself and appreciate what you’ve got . Just reading it made me feel more content! 😀

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