What does it mean to feel content?
There are lots of theories surrounding this but one of the most common is that we are often taught that happiness and contentment come from achievement. So we are always chasing the next goal, in order to achieve happiness and to feel content. Then when we don’t reach that goal, we don’t feel the satisfaction - or even if we do the happiness might be short lived as we begin to chase the next goal and the next hit of dopamine from achievement.
As we achieve more success, our expectations of ourselves rise and we desire more. This results in a prolonged feeling of dissatisfaction which long-term means that we don’t often feel content.
Additionally, many people put forward the theory that comparison is the source of much discontent. In the world we live in today, there is ample opportunity to compare yourself to others. Whether this at work, with family members or on social media, we are constantly being fed information about other peoples’ lives. Our instinct is to compare ourselves to the image of a lifestyle that this information gives, and often this can bring dissatisfaction and make it much more difficult to feel content