17 Meaning & Valued Living Exercises

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Many standard psychological treatments and modalities leave clients hopelessly misunderstood when it comes to their existential concerns. 

In order to promote the value of life and better help clients, patients, students, and employees struggling with these issues, we need to understand what is causing this widespread ‘meaning crisis’ and what we can do about it.

We created this collection of 17 Meaning & Valued Living Exercises for professionals to help others choose directions for their lives that are in line with what is truly important to them.

$ 47

You will be equipped with the following tools:

  • A Value-Tattoo

    Help clients connect to their personal values in a creative way.

  • Before-You-Die Bucket List

    Help clients clarify values and find meaningfulness through creating a bucket list.

  • Choice Point

    Introduce the notion of choice points to clients, to give them more freedom and choice in their behaviour.

  • Completing Sentences to Clarify Values

    Help clients reflect on and clarify their values in specified life domains.

  • Learning from Value-based Actions of the Past

    Investigate the client’s actions in the past that allowed him/her to live in alignment with his/her values and to use this information to formulate concrete actions that can be taken in the present to promote value-based living.

  • Learning to Say “No”

    Promote value-congruent behaviour by advising people on the benefits of saying no, as well as to provide guidance on how to say no.

  • Meaningful Photography

    Offer clients a simple and playful way to intuitively explore meaning in their lives.

  • My Gravestone

    Increase awareness of personal values by considering one’s own mortality.

  • Promoting Altruism to Enhance Purpose

    Help your client to set actionable goals that will contribute to their journey of living a purposeful life.

  • Team Branding

    Help team members to identify with one another by constructing their unique group identity.

  • The Beyond Limitation Question Technique

    Gain insight in both the core values of a client and goals that are driven by authentic, intrinsic motivation.

  • The Bull's-Eye Values Survey

    Identify and measure personal values, values attainment, and persistence in the face of barriers.

  • The Value Diagrams

    Create awareness of the discrepancy between the values of a client and the extent to which the client lives in line with his or her values.

  • The Values Lantern

    Help clients to enhance value-based living by using a metaphor of a lantern to uncover, connect to and protect personal values.

  • Value Cards

    Increase client's self-knowledge in terms of one’s own values. (For groups or individuals).

  • Value Vision Board

    Help clients connect to their personal values in a creative way, allowing a playful and intuitive search for one’s core values that can easily function as a visual reminder.

  • Values-based Goal Setting

    Help clients to take steps towards translating their most important values into committed actions.

This pack contains the 17 highest rated meaning & valued living tools that our practitioners use for their own development, in coaching, for teaching, or in a therapeutic setting. Each of the tools has been created in collaboration with universities and experts around the world. 

All of the tools are rooted in science, draw from the latest research and insights from the field of positive psychology, and include references, practical advice, and a detailed description of how to use them.

Download them today to become a meaning & valued living expert, better help others, and grow your practice.

*Please note that these tools are also included in our Positive Psychology Toolkit/

The following experts create our tools and resources:

  • Alicia Nortje


  • Anna K. Schaffner


  • Claire Vowell


  • Elaine Houston

    B.Sc. (Hons)

  • Gabriella Lancia


  • Heather S. Lonczak


  • Hugo Alberts


  • Jeffrey J. Gaines


  • Jeremy Sutton


  • Jessica Swainston


  • Joshua Bourne


  • Joshua Schultz


  • Lucinda Poole


  • Maike Neuhaus


  • Melissa Madeson


  • Nicole Celestine


  • Oliver Page


  • Tchiki Davis


Yes, of course! While these tools were designed with practitioners in mind, they are written in an accessible way so that anyone can benefit from them.

Upon purchase, you will receive access to a .zip file containing all the tools as PDFs. If you have any difficulty accessing the tools, please contact us at info@positivepsychology.com.

This can vary a lot from one exercise to another. As a general rule, most take around 30 minutes to complete but can take longer if more reflection is required. Some tools take place over a longer period of time, such as a week.

The tools can be adapted for the self, individuals, groups, teams, and different client populations. You are free to use your own experience and expertise to adapt the tools to your own particular scenario.

Yes, but in order to promote good practice, please note that you are advised to use the tools within the boundaries of your professional expertise. For instance, if you are a certified clinician, you are advised to use the training within clinical psychology. Likewise, a school teacher may use the tools in the classroom, but it would not be advisable to use them for clinical populations.

The exercises and interventions aren’t specifically designed for any particular age group, but you can adapt any of them so that they are suitable and age-appropriate.

The vast majority are, yes. Every tool has an icon that indicates whether it has been tested at least once in a scientific study and published in a peer-reviewed journal. We always include references and credits for each tool. The tool developers are academics with scientific and experiential backgrounds.

You’re free to download these tools in PDF format and print them for your personal or professional use, such as in a coaching or classroom setting. You’re not allowed to publish these tools publicly.

Within seven days of your purchase, if you decide that the tools aren’t for you, we’ll be happy to offer a refund.

Absolutely! Send Lucy, our Practitioner Success Manager an email at lucy@positivepsychology.com and she will gladly take care of you. Alternatively, you can call us on 1-424-272-1280 (our working hours are 9am-6pm EST, Monday - Friday). We look forward to hearing from you.


  1. Sunita Malhotra

    Thank you – you have superb tools that are very practical, to the point, and easy to use! You have helped to change the lives of the younger generation! 🙂

    Sunita Malhotra Managing Director

  2. Dee Wright

    The research-based exercises and the thoughtful way they are presented is very valuable. I appreciate that Hugo talks about meaning and values which are so important to address, but especially during these times.

    Dee Wright Founder/Coach/Consultant

  3. Timofey Tselykh

    I highly recommend these tools for new or experienced counselors. They are a quick resource that I and my clients can use and tailor to their present needs.

    Timofey Tselykh Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor

  4. Lisa Jacobsen

    I absolutely believe that thinking and doing positive is what works the best with people who have addiction or mental health issues. I use these tools in my practice to help my clients see that focusing on the positive can produce better results.

    Lisa Jacobsen Care Team Co-Occurring Clinician

  5. David Germeau, Msc, HLCII

    Since I do not have a formal education in psychology, I need tools, such as the Meaning & Valued Living Exercises, to support my coaching. It allows me to proceed with the client and see if more professional support is required. I really like the format (clear and precise) and the easy use of each exercise.

    David Germeau, Msc, HLCII Health Plan Designer

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