Such a deep question, huh? At your core, how do you answer this question?
Do you look around for the "right" answer of what people think you should value? Or do you look inside and truly take a snap shot of what you really stand for?
You can tell someones values by they what they hold as important and what principles they stand for. These typically show through their behaviors and how they spend their time. Many might "think" they value something, but they don't truly show that they value it by taking the time it needs and making it a priority in life.
For example, someone may say they have strong family values, but they don't show it because they are distracted and preoccupied with work and other life activities. It's not that they don't value their family, its just that their words and actions don't match up.
So I encourage you to start a list of your values. Look at what you spend your time on, what are you passion about, and what do you judge as important. Once you do this, you can make sure that your actions match what you have listed. This can help you see what time suckers are taking away from you investing in what you really value.
Keep reading this week as we write more about values and how and why you should define them in order to live a healthier life.
Source: Determine what will make you happy by identifying your values by Debra Smouse on Tiny Budda
Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri does virtual therapy for residents of Indiana and Florida using videoconferencing technology. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling and adolescent counseling.