Summary of Action Steps

by Leo Babauta I’ve compiled a list of all the action steps at the end of each chapter, to make it easier for you to practice them on a regular basis: Think about the problems you might have, and try to see how discontent is at the root of each problem. Ask yourself if you’re content right […]


by Leo Babauta Contentment is a super power. If you can learn the skills of contentment, your life will be better in so many ways: You’ll enjoy life more. Your relationships will be stronger. You’ll be better at meeting people. You’ll be healthier, and good at forming healthy habits. You’ll like and trust yourself more. […]


by Leo Babauta To finish off this book, I’d like to answer some questions submitted by you, my wonderful readers. They are excellent questions! The first section seems to be the greatest concern for most people on the topic of contentment — contentment vs. self- improvement, or contentment vs. complacency. I understand this concern, as […]

Techniques for Self-Acceptance

by Leo Babauta Contentment is largely determined by our level of self- acceptance. But how do you actually learn self-acceptance? Let’s look at some techniques that will help you learn how to accept all of yourself — the “good” and the “bad.” These are variations on a theme, but try one for a few days, […]

Jealousy of Others

by Leo Babauta Have you ever seen something exciting that a friend is doing on some social network and felt a pang of jealousy? Or heard travel stories from people you know — amazing stories of exotic places — and wished it had been you living those adventures, going to those parties? Jealousy of others […]

Self-Happiness & Meeting Others

by Leo Babauta If becoming whole and happy with yourself helps in a romantic relationship with someone else, what about when it comes to meeting new friends, or making an impression at work or with clients? It works exactly the same way. Being happy with yourself means that when you meet other people, you don’t […]