It’s difficult to feel happy without experiencing meaningful values of a life. This is the ultimate core principle of DBT. In reality, every life has a value, and there is no life without a value. However, what’s important is experiencing your own life as valuable. The experience of satisfaction and happiness is what’s most important.
To accumulate such positive experiences, you need to change your life. Since positive events don’t happen frequently or automatically, you must alter your life to experience them more often. It’s akin to consistently saving a thousand won in a piggy bank.
So, what does a ‘meaningful life’ mean? It means living a life centered around values. First, delve into your wise mind to discover the values most important to you. Then, pursue these values in your life, pushing yourself to overcome fears, regrets, shame, and hopelessness. This requires steadfast patience and time, doesn’t it? In this class, you’ll learn specific methods for accumulating long-term positive emotions and creating a meaningful life.
When making significant and minor decisions in life, you establish priorities. Values are like an endless path. They provide us with direction and meaning, but there is no final destination. Remember that they are guiding markers telling you what matters most to you.”
Songhee Chae, M.A. / DBT Institute of Korea