Do you know what the difference is between happiness and contentment?
When I googled it, I got 893,000 answers, like this one and this one and even this youtube video. All the ones I took the time to read/look at seemed to view happiness and contentment as on the same continuum. But I am not so sure.
Because for me, contentment feels like being stuck in the same place. It's too passive or something, and why I could never embrace Buddhism (all that rejection of desire...). For me, happiness involves DIScontent, striving, moving. I feel good when I am working toward something.
I think my brand of happiness is a lot like something I heard actor Michael Caine say in an interview: "I'm like a duck: calm on the surface, paddling like hell underneath."
I also heard Kenny Rogers say something similar in a recent tv interview.