Human Values Institute (HVI) was established on December 10th, 2010, in Japan. We are committed to educating people about essential inner human values in a non-religious context. The Human Values Institute works primarily through education.

Our approach to cultivating self-dignity and self-respect reconnects us with our innate inner values. First and foremost is honesty. Honesty is directed both towards ourselves and towards others. It fosters transparency. Our inner world of thoughts and emotions become more in line with our projected outward expressions and behavior. Based on this honesty and transparency, it becomes easier to cultivate respect.

Again this respect is directed towards ourselves as well as towards others. This allows us to be gentler towards ourselves. This gentleness can then flow outward.

From honesty and respect, trust naturally develops. Trusting ourselves enhances our sense of self-dignity, self-worth, and self-confidence. With this new self-confidence, we are more able to go out into the world with a positive courageous attitude. Thus we naturally start to open our hearts and become more concerned about others’ welfare. Our hearts become moistened to love and compassion. A warm heart focuses more on others and helps others. In so doing, we also become the beneficiaries of this altruism. We receive joy when we help others.

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