I think that is the million dollar question we all need help with! I cant speak for others, but I have that on my number 2 list of accomplishments in my life that I havent figured how to do yet.
I think we have to look at the big picture here. We have a roof over our heads, some food & warm clothes to keep us going through the fall & into the winter, we also have a nice warm bed to sleep in. We are fortunate to have had enough money to purchase a computer & enough to pay for the internet so we can be fortunate enough to be on here to ask that question...I think that just be enough for us to be thankful to our lucky stars & try to at least smile if not yet be content with what we do have rather then what we dont! SOme people live in a tent out in the cold and are forced to sleep in a sleeping bag where it is cold & barely have any food or clean clothes let alone are as blessed to hv a bathroom or a shower to keep clean. A bed is simply not something they can afford & can only dream to see the day where they have a roof over their head, some clean clothes or a nice warm bed to sleep in. A computer or even something small as phone is simply a luxury that they can pass on at this time. If that doesnt make us at least be thankful for the little things we do have...which I might add we have a lot more then what they have then I am not sure what would.
I am thankful for what I do have, I guess that is the meaning of being content! As for what you earn, Like I said, you could be out of a job & be earning nothing at all, so be thankful of the little you do have rather then have to be stuck with nothing at all!
Does that make any sense? Sort of rambled there lol, my bad! That was with good intentions though. :)
If you manage your money in the most effective way ( limit debt, set and stick to a monthly budget, and don't live beyond your means) you'll be happier because you'll be more financially stable and not worried about being/going broke. Be thrifty; shop around for the best deals, wait for things to go on sale. Figure out the difference between what you NEED and what you just WANT. If you can easily afford the basics necessities in life, try acquiring one unnecessary thing at a time and don't go overboard too fast. See how things (especially things that require a monthly bill or constant upkeep) are going to affect your budget before investing in too much at the same time.
I think we can be content with what we earn when we focus on the truly important things in our lives, like love, family, good health, laughter. It doesn't take a lot of money to have these things.