The other day while reading I came across this list of suggestions for having a contented attitude. I'm afraid I fail regularly in just about every one of these:-(...though in my opinion the first is the easiest. It's relatively easy to control what we say, but gets much harder when it comes to thoughts and feelings which are what the last four deal with. Still it does give me plenty to think about, even if it's only how far I still have to go!1. Allow thyself to complain of nothing, not even the weather.
2.Never picture thyself to thyself under any circumstances in which thou art not.
3.Never compare thine own lot with that of another.
4.Never allow thyself to dwell on the wish that this had been, or were otherwise than it was, or is.
God almighty loves thee better, and more wisely than thou doest thyself.
5.Never dwell on the morrow. Remember that it is God's not thine. The heaviest part of sorrow often is to look forward to it. "The Lord will provide."
~ from Secure In The Everlasting Arms by Elisabeth Elliot