Having a set of values in life is important. Knowing what you value and acting on it can enhance self esteem and self knowledge. When you can trust yourself to do the right thing, it increases self esteem and others may also appreciate your integrity.
Having a set of values can sometimes be uncomfortable, especially if you have different ones than those around you. But as long as your values are not too rigid or black and white, being uncomfortable is perhaps the price you pay to feel good when you look at yourself in the mirror.
Here are three ways to help grow one’s sense of personal values:
1) Pay attention to how your choices make you feel.
2) Notice what you admire and value in others, and consider whether you would be a better person yourself by integrating similar values.
3) Trust your gut.