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At this stage of your life, which is more important - happiness or contentment?

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    At this stage of your life, which is more important - happiness or contentment?


    For me, it's contentment .... acceptance that 'what IS ... simply is' and I must deal with it as best I can and move on.

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    I have trouble separating the two. If I had to choose I guess I would say contentment. Happiness isn't always lasting,but contentment stays around longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helenbacque View Post
    For me, it's contentment .... acceptance that 'what IS ... simply is' and I must deal with it as best I can and move on.
    I think contentment as defined is the state of happiness. The question now is are you happy with what simply is all the time? Or your happiness comes from resigning your self to accepting what is, simply is & that works for you?

    I am not being picky, I think expanding on some thoughts like yours deserves a response

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    I'm with Ruth here....hard to split up the two. To me happiness is being content with what you have and contentment leads to happiness. It's the big merry-go-round of life.
    If we're ever in a situation where I am "the voice of reason", then we are in a very, very bad situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helenbacque View Post
    For me, it's contentment .... acceptance that 'what IS ... simply is' and I must deal with it as best I can and move on.
    I am quite content but would be happier if I had normal hearing.

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    Same as most. Content pretty much = happiness......but could always improve on being happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lon View Post
    I am quite content but would be happier if I had normal hearing.
    Yep. Me too. Thank goodness for closed captions.

    I have a real hard time hearing in a car with the background noise and a person with a soft voice talking to me.

    I cannot convince my friend to turn towards me when speaking. There are tricks to make a person with hard to hear problems 'heard'. I try to tell people that if you want a person to hear what you are saying then just listen to the person who can't hear you. All they keep saying is 'get a hearing aid'. Fine. In the meantime, I will just ignore you.

    Re happiness and contentment. I can't put my finger on it but some days I'm ready to challenge the whole word and I am really happy and content. And on other days. Bleh!

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    I"m with you Camper6 when it comes to hearing people talking behind me.
    I am content; would be happy to be more content!

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    Contentment. For me, this includes happiness or maybe it's the same thing.

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    contentment---and like lon i wish i could hear better that would make me happy

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    I am like Lon too. I am contented but hearing better would make me happy.

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    They're both important to me happiness and contentment go hand in hand.

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    Is there a difference? I've seen articles that pointed out that when a person is content with what he or she already has, that leads to happiness. I tend to agree, at least somewhat.

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    I view contentment as a state of satisfaction that is the usual state of being -unless something catastrophic happens; while happiness are those high points of delight that come to us now and then.

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    Definitely contentment.. and the wisdom that some things are what they are and cannot be changed... and the acceptance of that knowledge.

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