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.

They Sang with a Thousand Tongues: The Poetry of Diversity

Let me tell you a story about how the world began. I promise you the story is not completely untrue. Yoruba elders say that when the world began, there was only sky and water. The Supreme Being, Olórun, ruled the firmaments, while the Divine Feminine, Olokun, was master of the raging seas.

How Good Is Our Sense of Belongingness!

Of all the senses we have and need, I believe the most important one for a positive holistic context in life is to have a good ‘sense of belongingness’! If one has a very secure sense of belongingness, everything else falls in line, thus supporting our well-being and mental health!

Social Identity: Why We Feel the Need to Belong

Social identity is the degree to which we identify with a certain group. It is the measure of how important a group is to us.

What Is Well-Being? Definition, Types, and Well-Being Skills

Want to grow your well-being? Here are the skills you need.


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