Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you don’t have; remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for.
Contentment is achieved only in the absence of envy.
— Tim Kimmel
More than once I heard Mother say, if we couldn’t be happy here in this house, we’d never be happy anywhere.
— Henry Ford
To be content with what we possess is the greatest and most secure of riches.
He who is not contented with little will never be satisfied with much.
— Thomas Brooks
The things that matter most in this world are those that carry no price tag, for they can neither be bought nor sold at any price.
— Suze Orman
We didn’t have much, but we sure had plenty.
— Sherry Thomas
When we’re bombarded with images on TV that promise a happier, sexier and more fulfilled life, we naturally want to run out and buy, or dial up and order, whatever it takes to have that life. Truth is, the fewer commercials we’re exposed to, the more content we are with what we have. Watch less, want less.
— Paula Jhung
We are more than what we have.
— Don Wilson
I never thought of us as rich or poor. We always had enough. We never had a car and we didn’t have a radio. My father’s little motorbike was the family transportation. I never thought about what we didn’t have; I am still that way. All around me I see people making themselves unhappy with such thoughts.
— Luciano Pavarotti
Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and famous preservers of youthful looks.
— Charles Dickens
I’m not happy, I’m cheerful. There’s a difference. A happy woman has no cares at all. A cheerful woman has cares but has learned how to deal with them.
— Beverly Sills
The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer somebody else up.
— Mark Twain
A cheerful disposition is a fund of ready capital, a magnet for the good things of life.
— Orison Marden
The cheerful heart has a continual feast.
— Proverbs 15:15
The infectiously joyous men and women are those who forget themselves in thinking about others and serving others.
— Robert McCracken
Te be of service is a solid foundation for contentment in this world.
— Charles Eliot
Joy can be real only if people look on their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.
— Leo Tolstoy
When people are serving, life is no longer meaningless.
— John Gardner
Servants work for low pay, long hours and no applause, “wasting” their talents and skills among the poor and uneducated. Somehow, though, in the process of losing their lives they find them.
— Philip Yancey
People who can perform outside their comfort zone, they’re the ones who become champions.
— Mary Lou Retton
Pursuing your dreams requires you to leave your established comfort zone and to push into areas where at first you may feel that you have less control. That means pushing beyond what is known to you, taking risks and learning to view failure as merely a step, rather than a defeat.
— Stedman Graham
Relying on safe choices can sometimes be the enemy of self-esteem, because you’re never encouraged to stretch beyond your comfort zone. And if you don’t stretch, while you may never fail, you also may never experience the joy of real, hard-earned victory.
— Francine Ward
Expanding your comfort zone makes you feel good about yourself.
— Richard Templar
Whenever you step out of a certain comfort zone to enhance the person you wish to be, make sure you have a sense of contentment with each and every step you take. If you’re doing all that you can without a sense of joy or even satisfaction, there’s a strong chance you may not get to where you want to go.
— Dave Pelzer
Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
— Helen Keller
Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have.
— Doris Mortman
I am always content with what happens; for I know that what God chooses is better than what I choose.
I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
— Philippians 4:11
There will always be those who have more of the things we want, but there will always be those who have less, too. It’s up to us to decide how to live with that fact. If we are dissatisfied, constantly comparing ourselves with those who have more, and envious of what they have, our children will likely follow in our footsteps, leading lives that are tainted by jealousy and disappointment.
— Dorothy Nolte
The secret to staying young is to be interested, truly interested, in everything happening around you.
— Charles VanBuskirk
Staying young is trying out new tastes, new places to go, new styles, keeping an open mind, not settling for what you’ve always had or always done. Staying young is about keeping a fresh vision of the world, being interested, being stimulated, being motivated, being adventurous.
— Richard Templar
Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul.
— General Douglas McArthur
I credit my youthfulness at 80 to the fact of a cheerful disposition and contentment in every period of my life with what I was.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes
Friends, relatives, peers, classmates; they were all dying. I had no indication of any trouble, but I began to get a fear of developing heart disease. I knew there was a better way to live, and I knew it was about time I did something about it.
— Dr. Paul Spangler, on why he started running at age 69 and why he ran the New York City marathon at age 92