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What is the difference between being content and being happy?

A coworker and I discovered that we have very different definitions of the word 'content', specifically as compared to the word 'happy'. Now I'm curious to see how most people view these concepts.


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17The difference between content and happy is:
6Other
3There is no difference, content and happy mean the same thing.


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cerealkiller Survey Qualifier
posted 23-Mar-2010 7:38pm  
Contentment means satisfaction with whatever. Nothing to do with emotions.
ASB
posted 23-Mar-2010 7:56pm  
I am content in my happiness  * grin *
Liss
posted 23-Mar-2010 8:34pm  
Content - there is nothing wrong.
Happy - something is right.
bill Survey Central Gold Subscriber Gold Star Survey Creator
posted 23-Mar-2010 8:36pm  
content is satisfied.. happy is better

I think I actually prefer content to happy, though.
LJD Gold Qualifier
posted 23-Mar-2010 8:54pm  
Happiness involves loving emotions, AND contentment

Contentment is, to me....depending on context... is acceptability, possibly being liveable.
RainingFeathers Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 23-Mar-2010 10:19pm  
To me, content means that things are okay, acceptable; nothing bad is happening. Happy means that things are good, even great; positive things are happening. I think being content is good, but being happy is better.

My coworker said that being happy meant good things were happening; bad things may or may not be, but there was more good than bad (we mostly agreed on this). She said that being content meant that everything was going well; nothing too exciting, but everything was good. She considers being content better than being happy.
FordGuy Survey Central Subscriber Survey Qualifier
posted 24-Mar-2010 7:08am  
Content=satisfied. Happy=joyful.
TeddyMiller Survey Central Gold Subscriber
posted 24-Mar-2010 9:09am  
For me personally, they're pretty much the same thing. I'm not into thrills and excitement and adventure; I associate happiness with quiet, comfortable contentment.
CarlHalling
posted 24-Mar-2010 9:46am  
Happiness and content or contentment can function as synonyms, but it could be said that happiness is more intense than contentment, and perhaps also more fleeting too in many instances; while the word contentment contains within it an implication of low-grade, long-term happiness. A person can perhaps be content, which is to say bearably happy, without being truly happy. A content person can suddenly experience true happiness, and so say to themselves: "It doesn't get much better than this".
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 24-Mar-2010 12:11pm  
Content means you're not unhappy, but not necessarily all that actively happy, either.
llamamama
posted 24-Mar-2010 1:17pm  
Content is like..you're satisfied..
Happy is like..more than satisfied...

I think.  * wry smile *
llamamama
(reply to bill) posted 24-Mar-2010 1:18pm  
Woah! We said just about the same thing!
bill Survey Central Gold Subscriber Gold Star Survey Creator
(reply to llamamama) posted 24-Mar-2010 1:35pm  
great minds!
LindaH Double Gold Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
posted 24-Mar-2010 5:33pm  
"Happy" would involve more serotonin.
Kristal_Rose
posted 24-Mar-2010 11:27pm  
Happy - cheerful, enjoying what you are externally experiencing.

Content - satisfied, not wanting more of something to sustain your well being.
Kristal_Rose
(reply to RainingFeathers) posted 24-Mar-2010 11:32pm  
One can be content even when everything is going wrong. It's a state of self-centeredness.

People are generally happy 'about something' which is why it is so fleeting. Circumstances change.
they Survey Central Subscriber This user is on the site NOW (1 minute ago)
posted 25-Mar-2010 12:35am  
I think they (for the most part) are the same thing.
Scott
posted 25-Mar-2010 7:40am  
The difference between content and happy is: lollipops
FordGuy Survey Central Subscriber Survey Qualifier
(reply to Scott) posted 25-Mar-2010 8:07am  
 * laughing out loud *
RainingFeathers Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Kristal_Rose) posted 25-Mar-2010 9:13am  
See, that point of view is different than both of ours were. We both felt that you could be happy about a situation, or content with a situation.
I find it interesting that there are so many different ways that people view the same words and concepts.
LindaH Double Gold Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
(reply to Kristal_Rose) posted 25-Mar-2010 10:39am  
The rare and often misunderstood exception is people who know how to be happy for no reason.
gambler
posted 25-Mar-2010 5:19pm  
The difference is this ...........

Content is when you can pay your bills and have a little left over, you are in a stable loving home/relationship
Happy is all of the above, but with a Lamborghini thrown in........
Iseult
(reply to gambler) posted 25-Mar-2010 7:29pm  
> Happy is all of the above, but with a Lamborghini
> thrown in........

Gallardo or Mercialago?

Or Diablo? Those are vintage nowadays...
Kristal_Rose
(reply to RainingFeathers) posted 25-Mar-2010 8:29pm  
One can also be content with a situation by my usage too, but happiness still requires a situation, except when used to describe a generally happy person.

Everyone has a different view of the world. Words are just the tip of the iceberg.
Kristal_Rose
(reply to LindaH) posted 25-Mar-2010 8:32pm  
Yep. I used to be one of them. Even then though I think I was happy because life in general was going optimistically well even with down moments.
gambler
(reply to Iseult) posted 25-Mar-2010 8:39pm  
I was thinking a Reventon .......  * smile *
Iseult
(reply to gambler) posted 25-Mar-2010 11:08pm  
That's too sexy...
jettles Survey Central Subscriber Survey Qualifier This user is on the site NOW (0 seconds ago)
posted 26-Mar-2010 9:18am  
i think that happy is more of an immediate emotion. i am happy at different moments throughout the day etc but content is a more long term feeling about life in general that includes being happy but also being satisfied at your place in life which includes the ups and downs.
gambler
(reply to Iseult) posted 26-Mar-2010 9:34am  
I know I know ........ just something Mitzie would look good in  * smile *
dpurdy33
posted 26-Mar-2010 11:39am  
Content you're happy. Happiness at least in my life follows contentment.
Iseult
(reply to gambler) posted 26-Mar-2010 6:34pm  
Oh, it's for Mitzie...  * wink *
gambler
(reply to Iseult) posted 27-Mar-2010 12:24am  
 * smile *
Zang This user is on the site NOW (5 minutes ago)
posted 28-Mar-2010 8:29am  
It's pretty similar. Happiness is a pleasant state of mind. Contentment means that there is nothing bothering you.
Gomezy3k
posted 28-Mar-2010 9:45am  
No idea since I have never been either...
autumnlight
posted 2-Apr-2010 4:30pm  
Content is not having any worries. Happiness is a more positive sensation - being positive about something in particular.
cloudhugger Survey Central Gold Subscriber
posted 8-Apr-2010 9:33am  
uuhhmm...
IMO, content is having all the neccesary comforts to be happy
Happy is just happy and not caring about neccesary comforts.
cloudhugger Survey Central Gold Subscriber
(reply to they) posted 8-Apr-2010 9:36am  
> I think they (for the most part) are the same
> thing.

So you are content and happy? Cool!
they Survey Central Subscriber This user is on the site NOW (1 minute ago)
(reply to cloudhugger) posted 8-Apr-2010 9:40am  
I'm not actively happy, but I'm generally happy.  * grin *
furballproudlyBPASD
posted 25-Jun-2010 2:38am  
Content is like just satisfied but happy is more like really being happy and not just content.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
posted 12-Dec-2010 9:07am  
Content = euthymic.
Happy = raised mood or affect.
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