What are your life’s values?
How do you want to be perceived by others?
What is your level of integrity?
What is most important to you in life?
What are the guiding principles you live by?
These questions help define your values and, when answered honestly and thoroughly, can have a profound impact on your happiness.
Because your values and guiding principles affect your relationships, your job and career, your health, and even your wealth.
With their affect on all these aspects of life, it should be easy to see why your values and guiding principles can affect your happiness, too.
What do you “value” most in life? In other words, what’s most important to you? Here are some of the most common ones people list:
I’m sure you can come up with some others of your own, too. Everyone is
different – and everyone has different values. What’s most important
to one person may be of little or no importance to another.
Are some of your life’s “values” listed here?
Write down your top five –
whether listed here or not. These are the things in life that are most important to you. These are the main things that will define who you are – and create your identity.
You will create a certain identity, for example, if your top values are contribution, God, fidelity, faith, and peace-of-mind. You might have a different identity, and likely be perceived by others – and yourself – very differently, however, if your top five values are money, adventure, freedom, independence, and success. And you might be a completely different person still if your top five values are family, children, privacy, security, and knowledge.
One is not better than the other. They are just different. And since they have such a profound affect on your life, who you are, and your happiness – it’s important to know them. I like to use the top 5, but you can certainly focus on just 3 or 4, or 7 or 8 – or even 10. Write them down somewhere. You will use these values in many areas of this BeHappy! “system”.
For example, these values will help you create your important Definition of Happiness - an essential first step in achieving your happiest possible life. They will help you define and improve your relationships. And they will affect the way you set goals (if you are a goal-setter).
So take a few minutes – or even a few hours – to think about this. Write down your top 5-10 values - the things most important to you in life.
Once you have these on paper – then in your mind and soul, you will be on your way to a better, happier life. You’ll see.
Then, these values will help you create some broader guiding principles by which you live your life. Click on the link here to learn more about these guiding principles or on any of the pictures in the box to the right to explore areas of your life where improvement is needed for greater happiness.
BeHappy! my friends
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