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Identifying and Pursuing Core Values: The Key to Lasting Happiness

Have you ever wondered what truly brings you happiness? Beyond the surface-level pleasures, a profound source of joy is waiting to be discovered. Today, we will embark on a transformative journey to explore the power of identifying and pursuing core values — the secret pathway to lasting happiness. Let’s delve into the significance of peeling back the layers of our desires, understanding our authentic priorities, and aligning our lives with what truly matters.

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Unveiling the Power of Core Values

Ever wondered what floats your happiness boat? Sometimes it feels like a wild goose chase, chasing fleeting moments of delight without finding that sustained bliss. Sure, brunch with friends, date nights, and family game nights are awesome, but what makes them so special? That’s where our core values come into play.

Peeling Back the Layers (Like an Onion, But Way More Fun!)

Imagine each joyful activity as a layer of an onion (minus the tears, of course!). Now, let’s ask ourselves the ultimate question: why do we love these activities? It’s time to peel back those layers and reveal the hidden gems of happiness within. Picture this: it’s not just the brunch itself but the electric connection we feel with our friends that electrifies us. Plus, if we dig even deeper, we may discover that it’s those positive, like-minded friends who appreciate us for who we truly are that ignite our inner fireworks.

Compass pointing toward core values as north

Discovering Your North Star (No GPS Required)

By embarking on this journey of self-discovery, we can unearth our core values. They become our guiding stars, lighting up the path to genuine and lasting happiness. In the example above, let’s say “connection” is one of our core values. Armed with this knowledge, we can sprinkle intentional doses of connection with the right people into our daily lives, giving our happiness a turbo boost!

Why did I use “connection” as an example? Well, it is one of my core values! Also, on my list of essential core values are:

- Sleep

- My husband

- My kids

- Relationships (and those connections)

- My businesses

Not necessarily in that order, but I think you get the gist!

Time to Make Your Priorities a Priority (It’s About Time!)

Raise your hand if your calendar is filled with other people’s stuff. We’ve all been there, my friend. But guess what? It’s time to regain control of your schedule and make room for what truly matters to you. Yep, that’s right, your priorities deserve the spotlight too! So, say no to that 15th bake sale of the year or taking your friend to the airport when you know they have Uber, and carve out more time for yourself and the things that matter to you.

Promises, Promises (The Ones You Won’t Break)

Identifying your priorities is just the beginning. The real magic happens when you make promises to yourself and actually keep them. Think about it: you’re great at keeping promises to others, so why not treat yourself with the same love and respect? If sipping coffee while tackling a crossword puzzle brings you joy, make a date with yourself on the calendar. And remember, those promises you make to yourself could be the most important ones you ever make. So, hold yourself accountable and watch your happiness soar!

Dance with Harmony (No Hamster Wheels Allowed!)

Achieving a balance between priorities and daily tasks isn’t about being a tightrope walker or a perfectionist. It’s about keeping the rhythm and groove in your life. Enter Intentional Margins — your secret weapon for harmony. It’s about finding that sweet spot where your to-dos and your priorities do a little happy dance together. So, wave goodbye to the hamster wheel and hello to a life of intentional living!

I get that making yourself a priority can be challenging, but rather than going into the details right this second, you can check out my full blog on Choosing to Create Intentional Margins!

Self-Compassion: The Secret Sauce

Now, let’s get real for a moment. Pursuing core values and intentional living isn’t always smooth sailing. There will be days when you miss the mark, or other priorities try to steal the spotlight. But here’s the scoop: practice self-compassion! Cut yourself some slack, my friend. It’s not about being perfect; it’s about embracing your imperfections, staying true to your intentions, and hopping back on the joy ride when you veer off track. No one who truly values you expects you to be 100% perfect all the time, so don’t expect it of yourself, either.

Start Pursuing Those Core Values in Your Daily Actions Today

Buckle up, my happiness-seeking friend! Uncovering your core values is like embarking on a thrilling joy ride. Peel back those layers, reveal your true happiness gems, and let your core values guide you toward a life filled with lasting joy. Embrace your priorities, make promises to yourself, and find that magical harmony between your to-dos and what really lights your hair on fire. And remember, when the road gets bumpy, show yourself some love and keep grooving on the joy ride. So, hop on board, and let’s unlock the door to a life bursting with happiness!

Join the Happiness Party!

Are you ready to dive deeper into the pool of happiness? Join the Everyday Happiness community, where the party never stops! Connect with me on social media at @everydayhappinesswithkatie, and let’s keep the good vibes flowing. Use the hashtags #IntentionalMargins and #everydayhappinesswithkatie on Instagram to share your experiences, get inspired, and spread joy!

Until next time, life is heavy enough; searching for happiness shouldn’t be an extra burden. Get a dose of happiness delivered straight to your inbox. Subscribe to happy mail, delivered twice a month.

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