What is the difference between being happy and being content? Although basically synonyms, I viewed the two differently to conduct this study on myself. Happiness is the state where I feel worry-less. If I have a lot of work to do, I have more trouble staying happy in the moment. I might stress and act nervous before completing an assignment. Once the assignment is complete, I can lay back and, again, feel happy. During this waver of happiness, however, I remained content. Content in this situation means that I am confident in myself, my future, and that I am proud of the way I am acting. Would younger me be proud? Is older me going to look back with regret?
I noticed in my data that although I am likely happy when values for productivity and organization are lower. However, when I have a productive and punctual day, I usually have more faith in myself and my future. At that point, deciding between happiness in the moment or finding content in having faith for the future. Happiness or a future doe not have to be sacrificed all the time, but short term sacrifices to arise, and it is importance to have a wide perspective and set priorities. This is the conclusion I came to after this data: there is a balance between being happiness and content, and it is okay to sacrifice one for short periods of time. Knowing when you will find happiness again after being content for a while is important.