There are plenty of synonyms for the word in the English language, words such as happiness, joy, satisfaction, pleasure.  Perhaps  contentment is the best word because it is descriptive of the state of your heart more than it is the state of your emotions.  Our emotions may fluctuate given our circumstances, but our contentment level in life certainly doesn’t have to. Happiness is a universal longing in every human heart, and yet it seems to be so very elusive.  Many people spend their entire lives trying to be happy, only to come up short time and time again. That’s why I want to take some time and trace the subject as we find it presented in the Bible.  What is contentment, and what is the secret to our possessing it?