whats the difference between being happy and being contented?

Philippines
June 17, 2010 10:50am CST
you can be over-joyed but u cant be over contented....what is more important? can u be unhappy and contented; can u be happy and incontented?
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• India
19 Jun 10
When you are contented, you are invariably happy. Vice versa is not always true. You may be happy but may be wanting more. happens mostly if the happiness is derived from external sources or having pleasure is confused with having happiness.
@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
18 Jun 10
Some simple things in life can make one 'happy'. But some are just not 'contented' with what they have. And the more they have the more they want. In my limited view, that's how I illustrate the two concepts to show the difference.
• India
18 Jun 10
Hi, There is no difference at all. Both are the same. You can't be happy if you are not contented and vice versa. But to be contented you really have to appreciate what you already have. People often misunderstand this. Your happiness doesn't depend on how much you can get, rather it depends on what you already have. If you can be satisfied with your present condition, that makes you 'independently' happy. If we are thankful to God for what he already gave us and treat each moment of our life as his bliss, no matter if it seems for or against us. That is, happiness depends on interpretation, its a choice that you make. Thanks God bless you
@kharlav (1672)
• Philippines
17 Jun 10
Being content last longer than being happy. Being content is having a peace of mind and heart, while being happy is having joy in your heart/mind for a limited time. Being content most likely would always cause happiness but happiness doesn't always mean contentment.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
17 Jun 10
There is a fine line between happiness and contentment. When we are happy, joy fills our hearts. When we are content, we have satisfaction. We have to decide what is more important in our lives. Do we seek happiness or contentment? Only in our hearts can the answer be found.
@marty3888 (2359)
• United States
17 Jun 10
I have always thought of being content as between happy and unhappy. Therefore, you can't be unhappy and content. I think you can be happy and content because as lon g as you are not unhappy, you can can have periods of being happy.
@Metatronik (5923)
• Pasay, Philippines
17 Jun 10
For me being just happy means it just depending in a situation like for example you are happy because of your lovelife but you are not contented with your life because you don't appreciate the lifestyle that you have. It is important to be contented because from there it follows that you can be very happy.