My Core Values

I’ve been using the 6-minute diary for about four months now and it features a page at the start of every week with some seriously challenging questions. One of those is about core values and what you believe in, but I found it quite hard to just jot down a bunch of values I hold dear. So, being the science nerd I am, I decided to take a personal values test at If you’re curious what your values are, I recommend trying taking the test, because it could be a real eye opener!

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor values

I chose a lot of values, but thankfully the test lets you choose which you find more important and after doing that for all values against one another, this is what comes out:

My most important values are:

  1. humour
  2. caring
  3. friendship
  4. compassion
  5. creativity
  6. love
  7. optimism
  8. growth
  9. trust
  10. wisdom

Do I agree? Well, I’m not really surprised humour is at the top of this list. I love putting smiles on people’s faces and one of the things I love best about humour is how it can help people to cope with hardship. Laughing things away lessens the weight of problems and sometimes helps us to put things in perspective. It’s also my defence mechanism, which has not always helped me (because people got offended), but I’d rather laugh about things than cry about them.

I think the rest of the list is a reflection of my current self. Values do change over time and seeing love in this list was a little surprise, but one I can completely agree with. If you look at the overall list, it’s mostly about creativity, sharing & caring, growth and development.

If you know me, even if just a little, do you agree with this list? What are your core values and do you use these to determine what type of life/work you want for yourself? Please let me know!

Happy reading!


3 replies »

  1. Jeffrey, TIME! You said the key to all! Our enemy &, yet, friend, is Facebook. I resent spending one hour plus each late afternoon on Facebook since I do not have an iPhone to keep up all day. Geri has the iPhone & I use an old flip phone. And yet, I value so the people like you & Bren & Patty & others to read your posts & reply. I don’t have an answer to this dilemma, but clearly I want to spend this hour, as you say, to address the things on which I put a high value. I could scream!!! It makes me unhappy. Phil


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