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We use our value system—a hierarchy of qualities we have embraced as important—every day to make decisions and choices. While most people will agree that common values such as honesty, courage, loyalty, confidence, and kindness are important, each society, community, family, and person all have a differing set of which values should take precedent over others in any given situation. When we make decisions based on values that differ from the prevailing or expected ones, we can be seen as being anything from inconsiderate to morally wrong. Tension between personal and community or cultural values causes social friction, invokes shame, and leads to intense moral judgment on all sides. Understanding that there is no one right value judgment in any situation can help open compassion to others, and discovering what our own core values are can help us make bold decisions that lead toward integrity and self-fulfillment.

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Science Can Answer Moral Questions

Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can—and should—be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life.

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What Matters Most: The Power of Living Your Values

In What Matters Most, bestselling author Hyrum W. Smith explains why so many people feel something is missing from their lives because of conflicts between actions and personal values.

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How to Live Your Core Values

When we think of how our lives are measured, we recall the experiences that felt meaningful to us: a graduation, a birth, a celebration, an achievement. But these experiences alone do not define your core values, says career coach Tara Mohr.

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FindCenterThe first principle of value that we need to rediscover is this: that all reality hinges on moral foundations. In other words, that this is a moral universe, and that there are moral laws of the universe just as abiding as the physical laws.

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What Are Your Values?

Your values are the things that are important in the way you live and work. Your values determine your priorities, and they are ultimately the fundamental measure of your success in life. When the things you do match your values, life is usually good.

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The Conscience Code: Lead with Your Values. Advance Your Career.

The essential guide to standing up for your values at work. Protect your integrity by committing to The Conscience Code. A fast-track colleague is elbowing their way up the corporate ladder in your organization by faking sales reports. Your entrepreneur boss asks you to lie to would-be investors.

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On Living a Values-Aligned Life

As humans, we all have a set of core values—the virtues and principles that are most important to us. While the first step is to determine what your core values are, it is the act of living in alignment with them that can create freedom and power.

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FindCenterScience investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.

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Importance of Inner Values

His Holiness the Dalai Lama talks about the importance of inner values such as compassion, in this short clip from his talk “Educating the Heart” given at the University of Hawaii, on Oahu, Hawaii, to an audience of mostly high school and college students on April 14, 2012.

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Your 168: Finding Purpose and Satisfaction in a Values-Based Life

Put your values first and focus on what matters most Despite our good intentions, many of us experience a chronic imbalance between the desire to live our values and the distractions and never-ending to-do lists that can get in the way.

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