Contentment is a mental or emotional state of satisfaction drawn from being at ease in one's situation, body and mind. Colloquially speaking, contentment is a state of having accepted one's situation and is a form of happiness. Michael C. Graham writes extensively about contentment as a form of happiness.Contentment and the pursuit of contentment are a central thread through many philosophical or religious schools across diverse cultures, times and geographies. Siddharta said ""Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without."" John Stuart Mill, centuries later, would write ""I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them."" Marcus Aurelius wrote ""Live with the gods. And he who does so constantly shows them that his soul is satisfied with what is assigned to them."" Hebrews 13:5 reads ""Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'"" Chinese philosopher Zhuang Zhou wrote in the 3rd Century BCE ""A gentleman who profoundly penetrates all things and is in harmony with their transformations will be contented with whatever time may bring. He follows the course of nature in whatever situation he may be.”The literature seems to generally agree that contentment is a state ideally reached through being happy with what a person has, as opposed to achieving one's larger ambitions, as Socrates described by saying ""He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have."" That said, there are a number of elements of achievement that may make finding a state of personal contemned easier: a strong family unit, a strong local community, and satisfaction of life's basic needs as expressed in Maslow's hierarchy of needs. In general, the more needs in Maslow's hierarchy are achieved, the more easily one might achieve contentment—it is hard to imagine achieving contentment if one's physiological needs for caloric sustenance are unmet.