50 Essential Values to Renew in Your Life

Let's redefine the modern women and embody these virtues and traits in our everyday life. Over the last few months I've been thinking a lot about the type of life I want to live. What type of person do I want to be? What will help bring about contentment?

Values give you a sense of purpose. They reflect who you are on a daily basis, in everything you do at home and at work. More often than not, I see values getting pushed aside and compromised. It's time that we change that. It's time to bring back the values that matter in life. By doing so, you'll discover that you have been purposed to flourish, shine, and prosper.

These values can be found throughout the Bible. It's the instruction book to life. Nora Conrad wrote a great piece on becoming a Proverbs 31 woman, and I highlighted a few of her points in this list. Practice these essential values everyday to build a cornerstone to happiness and begin living a calmer, more well-rounded life.

1. LOVE

Love as God first loved us. True love is selfless; it puts other's needs before our own.

2. VIRTUE

Have the character to what's best. Even if no one is watching.

3. GRATITUDE

Gratitude changes everything. Practicing gratitude helps you realize that there is so much in your life to be thankful for.

4. HUMILITY

Humility should be one of the most celebrated virtues of our culture. We should cultivate a healthy perspective of how minimal our contribution is to the scheme of things.

5. WIT

Employing a natural sense of humor is always appreciated.

6. WISDOM

Sought and gained through experience and hardship, to obtain its full worth, wisdom must be given away to other.

7. MODESTY

Rest in a place of dignity and hold yourself a standard always cherished.

8. HONESTY

A virtue that will never go out of style, true honesty keeps your heart pure and your mind free of doubt.

9. DEVOTION

When your life, faith, or foundation is shaky, staying devoted emphasizes that it's important to you.

10. COMPASSION

Let your heart be moved to help those who need it.

11. ELEGANCE

Effectiveness, simplicity, and refinement exhibit a sense of dignity.

12. GRACE

Carry yourself with simple elegance, behave politely, and have the disposition to be generous.

13. INTEGRITY

Uphold yourself to morals that can not be compromised.

14. FOCUS

You'll discover clarity in your life by focusing on things that truly matter.

15. TOLERANCE

Rather than showing contempt, tolerance shows respect, patience and courtesy – all important values in their own right.

16. SACRIFICE

In our journey through life, putting others before ourselves allows us to gain perspective of what really matters.

17. DISCIPLINE

Self discipline is a learned behavior. Instead of letting choices be dictated by impulses or feelings, make informed, rational decisions on a daily basis.

18. ENDURANCE

Maximize performance by practicing regularly over time. Keep going, even if it gets really hard.

19. CONFIDENCE

Remember, you are capable and worthy of anything, but be humble enough to keep yourself from being arrogant.

20. OPTIMISM

Sometimes you'll see the glass as half empty, and that's totally fine, but remember that the half empty glass has the potential to become half full.

21. SINCERITY

Be genuine and real with your words and actions. Say and do things from the bottom of your heart.

22. HOSPITALITY

Encompass the skills of welcoming friends, family, and strangers to claim the joy of homecoming.

23. SIMPLICITY

Eliminate unnecessary clutter from your life–toxic friends, unused items, or one of the many things you've said yes to–and find that life is more fun when you have your favorite things to focus on.

24. JOY

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

25. WARMTH

Smile at strangers, give hugs freely, and be the first to say hello. Exhibiting warmth will let happiness bloom in others.

26. PEACE

When you experience peace, you create a space for happiness, love, and light to shine on in.

27. PATIENCE

Instant living gives way to impatience. Practicing patience provides a great feeling of inner balance and strength.

28. KINDNESS

By being intentional about applying kindness towards your actions you can truly change the world.

29. GOODNESS

Be good to those around around you by cherishing and loving them.

30. FAITHFULNESS

Earning the trust of others will enrich your life and the people around you as well.

31. GENTLENESS

Speak with a gentle tongue, as harsh words stir up anger.

32. SELF-CONTROL

Be quick to forgive and walk in patience, kindness, and grace from day to day.

33. TRUSTWORTHY

Be honorable, dependable, trustworthy and great opportunities will come your way.

34. HARDWORKER

Wisdom and honor don't come to those who are lazy. One must be willing to work harder than they ever had before.

35. PROVIDER

Care for others; provide for their needs before your own.

36. EARLY RISER

She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls. Proverbs 31:15 God never intended for use to sleep half of the daylight hours away. Use your time wisely. A restful night's sleep will leave you refreshed for a full day ahead.

37. BUSINESS SAVVY

Work hard. Learn all that you can about how to deal with other people in a professional setting.

38. ENERGETIC

Fuel your body with whole, natural foods, antioxidants, and exercise rather than consuming energy drinks. Your energy and happiness will last so much longer.

39. STRONG

Life gets hard; really hard. But if you can rough it out, you'll come back stronger than ever.

40. BRAVE

Courage is life's blood that fuels us. Constantly display it by trying new things, being unique, or tackling a fear.

41. DEPENDABLE

Do what you say, when you say it.

42. CHARITABLE

When you practice the art of gratitude, you'll begin to see how wonderful it is to give to others less fortunate.

43. HONORABLE

To entail a perceived quality of worthiness and respectability is true honor.

44. RESPECTFUL

Speak with respect to others and never degrade another being.

45. FLEXIBLE

Keeping an open mind allows a fresh perspective to enter.

46. THRIFTY

Having the latest and greatest and most expensive things doesn't necessarily mean you're the happiest.

47. PLAYFUL

Never lose your sense of wonder, no matter what age you are.

48. CREATIVE

You have been given hands with the potential to create beauty out of the unlikely.

49. UNIQUE

You bring unique talents to the world. Rather than trying to be something or someone that you are not, just be yourself.

50. HEALTHY

Improving your health gives you the energy you need to do the things you love with the people you cherish.

What other values would you add to the list? How will you practice these values in your own life?

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