Why Are Personal Values Important for Finding Meaning in Life?

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    People who feel like they have clear values and are living in accordance with them are more likely to believe that their lives are satisfying and meaningful.

-Dr. Jason Holland, Lifespark

Whether you’ve acknowledged them or not, we all have deep rooted values that guide our decision-making and moral judgements.

Values are your personal beliefs about what’s really important in life. It could be your relationships with family, or it could be your passion for a cause, like promoting equality or educating young people.

People who feel like they have clear values and are living in accordance with them are more likely to believe that their lives are satisfying and meaningful. Of course, figuring out your personal values and finding a way to meaningfully express them is easier said than done. We face a multitude of barriers, some from within (e.g., getting bogged down in negativity) and others imposed by the practicalities of life (e.g., being stuck in a ‘dead-end job’).

This week, we’ll be taking a closer look at how to clarify your values and develop creative ways to live them out in your daily life.

Tomorrow, you can try out a simple and quick exercise for clarifying what’s really most important to you in your life.

Then on Wednesday you can take our values quiz and get feedback on what you seem to prioritize most in life. Your results may surprise you!

Later in the week, we’ll shift into a discussion of how we get hamstrung and end up betraying our own values. Thursday’s article explores a 100 year old technique for getting some distance from thoughts and feelings that can lead us down a rabbit hole and blind us from of our true values.

We then end the week on Friday discussing how your values can help you to face your fears and make difficult life changes.

So, tune in everyday this week for more on ‘What are your core values?’ And in the comments below let us know what you value most in life.

 


Sources:

Steger, M. F., Frazier, P., Oishi, S., & Kaler, M. (2006). The Meaning in Life Questionnaire: Assessing the presence of and search for meaning in life. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 53(1), 80-93.

 

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