Sometimes life on the outside can seem great but you know there is something missing. You have a stimulating job, a beautiful home, a loving family but…
I found a great tool that I use with my coaching clients to articulate their core values. If their life does not honor their top four values, they don’t feel fulfilled.
You can use this tool at no cost on the www.AuthenticHappiness.org website. Although there are a lot of assessments you can do, the one I’m talking about is the VIA (Values in Action) Signature Strengths Questionnaire.
It measures 24 strengths we all have (though I think the list looks more like values than strengths) and ranks them in order of how we use them to make decisions that influence our happiness.
Keep in mind that whatever comes in at the bottom of your list are just less important to your overall sense of happiness. However, a colleague of mine had her top four match her husband’s bottom four values…that explained a lot of their issues and gave them something to talk about.
You may also find other resources on the site valuable especially now when we are doing our best to focus on what makes us and those we care about smile.
If you do the assessment, list your top four values as a comment to this post. It would be fun to see if the readers of this blog are similar or not. Then I’ll share mine.