In our latest Passion Kit (also available in our Digital Guide), we talk about intrinsic and extrinsic values — a key concept in my own path to living fully.

Here’s a quick breakdown:

Extrinsic values represent external psychological needs such as money, fame, and image (physical appearance).

Intrinsic values represent internal psychological needs like growth, connectedness, and helpfulness.

I like to think of this distinction as “things that feed my ego” vs. “things that feed my soul”.

It’s the “things that feed my soul” that light me up, fuel my passion, and ultimately make me feel fulfilled.

And there’s research to back that up. After more than 20 years of study, psychologist Tim Kasser found that living in alignment with intrinsic values correlates with greater well-being. While most people naturally live by a mix of intrinsic and extrinsic values, it’s the intrinsic values that are at the root of personal fulfillment.

What are you doing to feed your soul?

Mike Radparvar
Co-Founder, Holstee

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