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Clarifying Your Values

We all have principles or values that guide our life and the way in which we behave each and every day--whether we are aware of them or not. Everyone has different values. In order to take steps towards living the life you want to live, it can be very helpful to actually think about and try to clarify what your values are in life. 


Take some time to answer the question:

What do I really care about in life? 

To help you think about this question, below is a long list of different values or principles that different people care about. It is suggested to PICK 5 to 10 of the values below (or to create some of your own if they are missing from the list below). Write these values down as a list or on a notecard. 

  1. Here are some things to think about when choosing your values:Your values are YOUR values and no one else's. There are no right or wrong values or values that are better or worse than others. 
  2. Try to think about what YOU really care about and not what others want you to do or what you think you are supposed to care about.  

You can also try practicing the guided meditation called "A Meditation On Values."

Click here: A Meditation On Values



  • Connecting with Nature
  • Gaining wisdom
  • Creating beauty (in any area, arts, dancing, gardening)
  • Promoting justice and caring for the weak
  • Being loyal to friends, family, and/or my group
  • Being honest
  • Helping others
  • Being sexually desirable
  • Having genuine and close friends
  • Having relationships involving love and affection
  • Being ambitious and hard working
  • Being competent and effective
  • Having a sense of accomplishment and making a lasting contribution
  • Having an exciting life
  • Having a life filled with adventure
  • Having a life filled with novelty and change
  • Being physically fit
  • Eating healthy foods
  • Acting consistently with my religious faith and beliefs
  • Being at one with God
  • Showing respect for tradition
  • Being self-disciplined and resisting temptation
  • Showing respect to parents and elders
  • Meeting my obligations
  • Maintaining the safety and security of my loved ones
  • Making sure to repay favours and not be indebted to people
  • Being safe from danger
  • Being wealthy
  • Having authority, being in charge
  • Having influence over people
  • Having an enjoyable, leisurely life
  • Enjoying food and drink
  • Being sexually active
  • Being creative
  • Being curious, discovering new things
  • Being self-sufficient
  • Figuring things out, solving problems
  • Striving to be a better person
  • Experiencing positive mood states
  • Feeling good about myself
  • Leading a stress-free life
  • Enjoying music, art, and/or drama
  • Designing things
  • Teaching others
  • Resolving disputes
  • Building and repairing things
  • Working with my hands
  • Organizing things
  • Engaging in clearly defined work
  • Researching things
  • Competing with others
  • Being admired by many people
  • Acting with courage
  • Caring for others
  • Accepting others as they are
  • Working on practical tasks
  • Seeking pleasure
  • Avoiding distress
  • Avoiding self-doubt
  • Feeling good about myself
  • Experiencing positive mood states

* I would like to acknowledge Joseph Ciarrochi and Ann Bailey for their work on values clarification. For more info go to:

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