Contentment is a pretty reliable emotion. It may be less thrilling than the euphoria of happiness, but it has the advantage of being a great deal more stable and enduring. Rooted in in a basically positive mindset – a fundamentally life-affirming attitude – contentment is governed more by the mind than the heart; it is the result of cognitive processes. This gives it an unbeatable edge: we can influence our sense of contentment far more than the inherently transient feeling of happiness. What’s more, contentment is a wellspring of creativity – and it is a strategy we can learn. It’s just a matter of occasionally dropping some of our aspirations or adapting them to our individual preferences. The central question is: what really matters to ME? Based on sound scientific evidence, this book shows us how to work on our contentment by way of case studies, self-tests and checklists.
Press acclaim for Resilience:
…a fascinating, comprehensible textbook which encourages us to start thinking about our own mental hygiene.
…Drawing on cutting edge-research and many case studies, science journalist CB explains why some of us seem to come equipped with a tougher carapace that sees them through times of crisis.