How to Live the Good Life


When you visit Ancient Lore Village in beautiful South Knoxville, Tennessee, you can’t help but get caught up in our special world of beauty, magic, and fairy tales. After all, it’s a place where only good exists!

Experiencing goodness doesn’t have to be temporary, however: it can become a lifelong practice. If you’re looking for a roadmap on your journey to make the world a better place, we’ve got the perfect guide. Our Unity Values reflect the eight foundational traits of goodness. See how many you can use each day to brighten someone else’s life!

Unity Value #1: Determination 

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” – William Edward Hickson 

Struggling to reach a goal can feel like a never-ending battle, whether it involves weight loss, a promotion at work, or simply to get your kids into bed earlier each night. With steady steps and patient resolve, however, you will achieve victory. It’s just a matter of time. 

Unity Value #2: Bravery 

“Have the courage to act instead of react.”– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Never be afraid to stand up for others – and for yourself. Chances are, you’re not alone in how you feel, and your courage in expressing it could be the inspiration someone else needs to succeed!

Unity Value #3: Compassion 

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” – Plato

Exercise your caring muscles with complete strangers – hold doors open, look them in the eyes, and give them a big smile and hello. One act that takes you a split second may fuel them for the rest of the day.

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Unity Value #4: Humility 

“A great man is always willing to be little.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Look at me” selfies and “I, me, my” statements have become the social norm in our Internet-driven world. Try a different approach with praise for a local business, friend, or colleague on social media, then enjoy the warm fuzzies from their surprised appreciation.

Unity Value #5: Empathy

The opposite of anger is not calmness, its empathy. – Mehmet Oz

Frustrated with a co-worker’s unexpected absence? Cashier in the checkout line moving at the speed of slow? When you feel your face getting hot, take a deep breath. Then, focus on what may be the hidden cause of the problem. It might be something you’re thankful not to be going through yourself.

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Unity Value #6: Honesty 

“Honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake from turning into a failure.” – James Altucher

Whether breaking unhappy news, admitting a faux pax, or just being real, telling the truth is never easy. With consistent honesty, however, you’ll inspire trust in others – and in yourself.  

Unity Value #7: Wisdom 

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates

Listening more than speaking, being open to the opinions of others, and being aware of your surroundings provides a daily dose of wisdom. When you take the time to soak life in, you’ll have extra energy to give those around you.

Unity Value #8: Respect

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” – Albert Einstein

You may not know the stranger standing next to you, but chances are they have an exciting story to tell. Treat everyone around you as if you know them… and that they are fabulous… because they probably are! At the very least, they are sharing this moment on Earth with you; that, alone, makes them special.

Goodness in the world isn’t happenstance; we each have the power within us to create it. Even the smallest efforts done on a consistent basis will add up to significant change. A single positive action can touch people far outside our own circles and last longer than the initial moment of our effort – maybe even beyond our own lifetimes!


Games at Ancient Lore Village

Need to hit refresh on your goodness-ometer? Visit Ancient Lore Village to experience the Unity Values in action. After you’ve hit the bullseye with your axe throwing, savored a scrumptious gourmet meal, and spent a restful night surrounded in luxury, we know you’ll carry those joyful feelings home with you. Next steps: accept the challenge to make your own positive impact, and spread those happy feelings like fairy dust. Contact us and live the good life today!