Values are long-term, high-level motivational guides that people can use to organize and energize their lives, from daily pursuits to interpersonal relationships, to career goals, and so on. As one might expect, the content of people’s values is associated with the things they experience in their day-to-day (diss) and over crucial periods of life (entering the workforce after uni, Niemiec et al.; end of life, Sheldon; youth/adolescent social development, cite).
In line with this, a large body of research indicates that value content matters for important life outcomes, such as overall well-being (Dittmar et al., 20**). Specifically, when people’s values for things like meaningfully connecting to others and contributing to their communities well overshadow more acquisitive values, like wanting many expensive positions or, values tend to be positively associated with personal and social well-being.
But when extrinsic values threaten or overcome the importance of intrinsic values, the positive association with well-being tends to be broken or even inverted. This raises the question, how might we help people choose values that are most likely to lead to positive outcomes? To answer it, we will be conducting a line of research that will advance theoretical and empirical understanding of interventions for value choice and how those interventions can be combined with other goal-setting techniques in order to provide sustainable motivation and guidance for pursuits that produce well-being.