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Great Health Guide - - EDITOR'S LETTER -

Value is word that has many faces. Some be­lieve that value is an amount of money paid for a ser­vice, with the ‘value-for-ser­vice’ be­ing closely checked be­fore money changes hands. Value can be a be­lief that one’s life is im­por­tant and sig­nif­i­cant and the need for peo­ple to per­ceive your sta­tus in so­ci­ety.

The idea of value-of-self, self-worth and self­ap­pre­ci­a­tion are much harder to quan­tify. They are be­liefs that come from within the per­son and are fre­quently de­ter­mined by the chal­lenges and harsh­ness of life ex­pe­ri­ences. This gives rise to a way of be­hav­ing, or a way of think­ing and hold­ing cer­tain points of view and is shaped by the pos­i­tive or neg­a­tive events that oc­curred.

Emo­tions are driven by the value-of-self. Self-de­struc­tion and self-harm emerges from a neg­a­tive self-worth, whereas kind­ness, gen­eros­ity and giv­ing of one­self, all flow from pos­i­tive self-worth.

In this is­sue of Great Health GuideTM, self-worth is ex­plored in Find­ing Peace in Trou­ble, When Life is Too Hard, Helping Kids Cope with Trau­matic Events. Fi­nally, The Best Gift You Could Give Your­self, ex­plains how LOVE is a gift that helps us truly value our­selves.

Kathryn x

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