Wednesday, March 11, 2020

How to live an authentic life and why should we consider helping our patients to do that




After many years working in palliative care, Bronnie Ware wrote an internet blog about top regrets of the Dying, and it went viral.  She later on wrote a book about the Top 5 Regrets of the Dying to help inspire people to positively address these issues.

One of those regrets is not being able to live a life that is true to oneself.  So the big question is, how can we help our patients to do that and start living an authentic life right now.

In order to live a life true to oneself, we need to know what our values are and the priority of those values.  What are the qualities and the type of life that we want to create, and can we get very clear on that? What will that look like?

What are our values around our work and career?
What are our values around our families, romantic relationships, our children, and our friends?
What are our values around the type of community we want to live in and contribute to?
Once we are clear on this, we can then use it as our inner compass to live a life that is true to ourselves and our values.  When one's life is congruent with one's values, then this may result in inner harmony or some may describe as, "happiness".

Part of Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) is to help people live a life that is congruent with their values.

Check out our post on how to work out what your values are and my take on Happiness and check out other posts on this blog about Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT).

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