Something that has unquestionably affected my happiness is the small changes I’ve been making to better align my lifestyle with my values. Values that are personal and meaningful, like the reconciling the light and shadow aspects inside myself and in the world.
One difficulty people might have with this concept is to identify what their values are, because it takes a lot of thinking about. I’m not on a mission to convert you to my values. But I do think it is important that you find out what yours are. It is our privilege to choose our own values, and it is part of what makes up a strong individual. Once you know what your values are, decisions become so much easier.
Something that has been out of sync lately is how much time I’ve been spending with technology. Connecting with others is aligned with my values, but this sensation of craving signifies escapism. I’m taking a break to decide what my healthy limit is, step away from something I crave but don’t actually want. Aligning your life with values, rather than goals, will define your self-worth in everyday actions, rather than short-lived achievements and external validation.
Defining your values helps make life rich and meaningful. Doing things that support your values makes doing the focus, and the action becomes its own reward.
What are your values? Here’s a tool to help brainstorm.
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