Regardless of how much money you have or how many material possessions you own, nothing can replace the value of your friends and family. Spending time with those who matter most to you will give you memories that will last a lifetime. In addition, spending time doing things that make you happy can also help you figure out what matters in your life.

In a world filled with busy schedules, too many demands on your time, influences of popular culture, bad habits and unhelpful advice, unfounded assumptions, short-term thinking, temptations and urgencies, it’s easy to lose track of what matter in life. However, you can take a step back and identify what matters to you and your health. You can then estimate how much of your time you are wasting on things that don’t really matter and start to shift the time you are spending towards what matters more.

What matters is the essence of who you are. It’s your inherently good inner self that God has blessed you with and the knowledge that you are loved. Knowing you matter is what will keep you going even when life is tough.

A big part of knowing you matter is feeling that your voice and ideas have worth. When you feel like your voice and ideas aren’t important, you tend to isolate yourself and get depressed or even suicidal. It’s important to know you matter so that you can share your gifts and talents with the world.

As a psychologist and psychotherapist, I’ve noticed that the question of what matters often brings people into therapy sessions, even if they appear to be successful in their careers and relationships. These sessions often uncover feelings of disconnection and a lack of purpose.

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A new exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art focuses on what matters in our lives. Through thought-provoking contemporary artworks, it explores themes of healing, impermanence and intentionality. It features works by Matthew Barney, Rosa Barba, Joo Maria Gusmo + Pedro Paiva, Sky Hopinka, Byron Kim, Ebony G Patterson, Naama Tsabar and more. The exhibition, entitled MEND PIECE, runs through 2024.