Learning how to be content is difficult. So below is a shop of sorts, packed with all kinds of contentment resources and tools. From this list, I hope you gain direction, purpose, a love for normality and overall good feelings.
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Books to help you understand yourself and how you fit in the world.
One Thousand Gifts
This is the book that started it all for me. Ann takes the reader through her journey of writing down 1000 things she is thankful for other the course of a year. I took the journey myself a couple of years ago, and now I am gratitude advocate. As the cliché, but true, quote says: “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.”
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The War of Art
After I first read this book, I felt like I could conquer the world. If you want to stop procrastinating and recover the person you were created to be, this book is for you. It is a tough read, however. Steven shoots it straight, but he teaches you how possible it is to achieve success when you are willing to go to war.
You Are What You Love
This is a book for anyone who is wary of culture. Our society, our culture, shapes us whether we like it or not. Smith coaxes the reader to open our and see how culture shapes our hearts. We truly are what we love, and we might not love what we thing we love.
Society is moving away from communal practices. But Michael Pollan takes the reader back to the beginning, when hunting, growing and cooking our food is what brought society together. He claims cooking is what makes us human. This book is for anyone who is even slightly dissatisfied with our fast-paced culture. This book actually changed my husband’s life. After he read it, he had direction. It’s that good.
Also, if you don’t like reading, Netflix made it into a docuseries.
The Next America
This book is packed full of statistics, but somehow it is interesting. It lays out why certain generations clash while others get along. As a millennial, it helped me understand my Baby Boomer parents and my Greatest Generation grandparents. This book is absolutely illuminating for anyone trying to understand where they fit in society.
Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome
By Reba Riley
This book is for anyone who is tired of church and religious people. It was an integral part of my journey back to church and finding contentment. Reba is hilarious and honest. She is a down to earth, normal person, and she doesn’t pretend to be more than that. This is a very relatable read.
Track your progress and self-correct
I just bought this planner for next year, and I’m so excited about using it. It has a very thoughtful layout, and all kinds of space to do the kind of planning you need to do.
These are a series of these journals by Robie Rogge. I don’t own any of them, but I’m intrigued by the idea. The journal takes you through daily prompts to discover what delights you and keep doing those things. We can all do with daily lessons of gratitude.
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The Best Pens Ever
I’ve been journaling since I was in 2nd grade. It relieves stress and helps me understand myself and my surroundings. I can look back at almost any point in my life and learn from the time I spent there. Journaling is something I highly recommend to anyone who is busy, stressed or discontent.
Resources to make your health a priority.
Drinking water is incredibly important to our health, and it’s really easy to make a habit. All you have to do is carry a water bottle, and you’ll naturally start drinking more. My personal favorite bottle is the Nalgene, because it holds lots of water and it’s sturdy. I’ve dropped mine a million times, and it’s holding up nicely.
Herbal and caffeinated teas have so many health benefits. You can find a tea for any mood. This Heavenly Tea sampler has a little bit of everything to get you started. It even has my favorite: Rooibos!
There is just something about handmade mugs. Every time I get a new one, I’m just so happy! This particular has a cool handle that warms your hand but doesn’t burn it! Plus, what is a good tea without a good mug!
Loose-leaf teas have more flavor. Yay for little infusers!
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