Chapter 6

PERSONAL VALUES

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

—MAHATMA GANDHI

Definition: Personal values are the beliefs and philosophies about life, its purpose, and how we should behave and act that we hold deeply. Our values are central to our sense of ourselves. Personal values are implicitly related to choice; they guide and even drive our decisions.

Values, therefore, are a big deal. We hear about them all the time: family values, company values, spiritual values, and so on.

As we grow, we take on board the personal values of others around us until we reach our teen years, when we start to accept or reject such values as being a part of who we are or who we want to be. They may be derived from ...

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