this is a pretty timely one for me: i've been feeling the opposite of content with some issues at work, and i've always been someone who looks ahead to the next thing. i read about a study awhile ago that suggests that democrats tend to have high attraction to novelty, and republicans have a high attraction to what they know. don't worry; i'm not about to launch into a political rant here, but i do happen to be quite liberal, and i do happen to have a strong taste for novelty. unfortunately, that strong taste for novelty can sometimes lead to never really feeling satisfied. this is definitely something for me to work on.
'to do's' for feeling more content at work:
- accept what i can and cannot change.
- instead of venting, ask for advice or write the venting down. a lot of times, writing about issues in a journal makes things much more clear for me than trying to talk them out.
- look for yoga sequences designed to help increase feelings of contentment, stability, or rootedness. it will be easier to feel content at work if i don't feel like every little thing going on outside my classroom rocks what goes on inside my classroom.
'to do's' for feeling more content with my stuff:
- do laundry more often. sometimes i forget what i have when clothes start piling up in the laundry bag.
- hem pants and do other repairs so that i can actually wear everything that's hanging in my closet.
- use the things i have: cook a meal with a piece of cookware i don't frequently use. read a book that's been collecting dust on my bookshelf. start a new craft project using materials i already have.
- do a mini spending hiatus. don't buy anything this week unless it is a true necessity.
- avoid things that make me want new stuff: some magazines, online shops, some blogs.
why all the pictures of sleeping kittens? because i can't think of anything that better symbolizes contentment.
what makes you feel content? do you have any tips for dealing with people who actively spread discontent?