Cultivate a Life of Contentment – November 7, 2021

Scripture:  Philippians 4:10-20  Not that I am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content with whatever I have.  I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. (4: 11-12)

What brings true contentment? There is  important research from an excellent book, The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want.  According to the author, social scientists have discovered that once a person’s basic needs have been met, additional money and possessions have virtually no impact on their contentment levels. So if money and things don’t lead to contentment, what does? Although numerous factors contribute to our overall happiness, none is more important than gratitude. How can we enhance gratitude in our lives?