What’s behind your self-worth and happiness?

mike light

Why is it that more and more people are becoming unhappy? A recent study by Gallup showed that 71% of Millennials are not engaged in their jobs. Studies are also showing anxiety and clinical depression are rising. Part of the problem, particularly for Millennials, is related to the use of social media.

On websites like Facebook and Twitter, people portray a distorted view of their lives. This distorted view gives the impression that everything is wonderful! Another vacation, a new car, a beautiful family always having fun..etc. The result is people feeling envious or depressed because their lives seem less than.

In reality, people do not share the full truth about their life on social media. Could you imagine if they did? Facebook posts would sometimes look something like …”Guess who’s depression is kicking it, looks like it’s time for new meds” or “time to head out to the job I hate” or “looks like alcoholism is rearing it’s ugly head in the family again”.

Social media is not a true reflection of reality. We should not let it have any impact on our self-worth and happiness. If we are allowing social media to affect our self-worth, it could be a sign of a bigger problem. Our self-worth and happiness should be direct result of our core values. Self-worth comes from the inside, not from the outside.

We find true contentment and happiness when our behavior aligns with our core values. When our actions become misaligned with our core values, we become discontent. For this reason, it’s important to take a hard look at your core values and your behavior.

What are your core values? Once you are clear on what they are, take a look at your behavior. For me, faith and family are at the center of my core values. If I find that my work has taken priority over my faith and family, I’ll know I’m out of balance.

With the advance of technology, social media, and all our cool gadgets, let’s keep our priorities in focus. Past generations had much less than we have, yet in some ways they had much more. They understood the importance of core values and family.  They enjoyed all life had to offer, and they did so without the need to escape online.

As we go about our days, let’s take time to be grateful for all that we have. If you have a roof over your head and you are not worrying about where your next meal will come from, you have more than most in this world. In a recent study by the Washington Examiner, 84% of the world lives at or below the US poverty line. This means for most of us, we have it pretty good.

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