Word of the day: Santosa and the meaning of contentment

Happiness can only be achieved by looking inward and learning to enjoy whatever life has to offer and this requires transforming greed into gratitude.

― John Chrysostom

Santosa is a Sanskrit word meaning contentment and acceptance, being happy with what we have rather than unhappy about what we don’t have. It is a feeling of peace, even while experiencing challenges.

When we accept everything has its purpose, that even challenging times have their roles as opportunities to learn and grow, we free ourselves from the emotional turmoil created by constantly craving life’s highs whilst fighting to avoid its lows. We attain an enduring state of contentment unaffected by external situations.

I hope to learn not only this word but to truly comprehend its meaning and be grateful for every one of life’s moments.

Happy Monday everyone! Let’s all take a moment to be grateful for what we have and enjoy the gift of this day.

Would love to hear how all your Mondays are going so please feel free to share in the comments and tell me what you’re feeling grateful for.


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