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Spiritual Well-Being: Lawyer Well-Being Week Resources (Day 2)

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Spiritual Well-Being is in the spotlight for Day 2 of National Lawyer Well-Being Week 2020, hosted by the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being.

We’ll be posting to our blog and sending emails each day for the next three days to help you participate. View more here on Lawyer Well-Being Week and how leadership in the Massachusetts legal community can participat. Subscribe to our emails here, and accept the challenge to focus on your own well-being. We know it isn’t always easy for lawyers to put themselves first — but it’s best.


SURVEY STILL OPEN! Practice putting yourself first by taking our SURVEY on lawyer well-being needs across Massachusetts. 

This is your chance to make sure our Free & Confidential services respond to your needs and support your well-being. We’re working to deliver what lawyers need for well-being — including practice management assistance and other professional needs — across Massachusetts in collaboration with the new SJC Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being.


Each day through Friday of this week highlights a key element of well-being. Take the time this week to identify where you need additional support and make the effort to seek it out.

Join daily virtual Coffee Breaks at 2pm, a collaboration with the new SJC Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being which will feature a speaker on the well-being topic in focus for each day.


Today highlights SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING. The remaining schedule will highlight Intellectual Well-Being on Wednesday, Social Well-Being on Thursday, and Emotional Well-Being on Friday.



Below are resources to help you ALIGN — the Lawyer Well-Being Week tagline for Day 2: Spritual Well-Being:

ALIGN Your VALUES: Career Development Workbook Series for Lawyers, Susan Letterman White (2018). Guidance for lawyers through career planning with revealing exercises that help you notice more opportunities, overcome limiting ways of thinking, and uncover your unique skills and energizing vision for a successful and fulfilling future. Each of the 5 workbooks offers a checklist, discussion, and activities designed to accelerate your innovation and build upon your previous work.

Values Challenge Activity Guide, Lauren Cohen (2020) Lawyer Well-Being Week. An activity designed to help you establish top values and identify opportunities to better align behavior, thoughts, and actions with values. (Share about your experience using the hashtag #LawyerWellbeingWeek!)

Personal Mission Statement Activity Guide, Lauren Cohen (2020) Lawyer Well-Being Week. An activity designed to help you create a personal mission statement by turning your aspirations and unique strengths and how to leverage those together to create positive action towards your goals. (Share about your experience using the hashtag #LawyerWellbeingWeek!)

There’s More to Life Than Being Happy, Emily Esfahani Smith (2017) TED Talk, 12:10 mins. Learn about the difference between “being happy” (which comes and goes) and building a meaningful life. Smith is the author of The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed With Happiness.

Meaningful Work for Lawyers: Strategies For Boosting Health & Happiness at Work, Anne Brafford (2020) Lawyer Well-Being Channel, 40 mins. Brafford explains the importance and powerful effects of cultivating the experience of meaningful work and gives science-backed strategies for doing so. She’s the author of Positive Professionals: Creating a High-Performing, Profitable Firm Through the Science of Engagement.

What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work? Dan Ariely (2012) TEDx Talk, 20:12 mins. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal that, contrary to conventional wisdom, what motivates us at work isn’t just money–and it’s not exactly joy either. Most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of meaning and purpose.

What Makes Life Meaningful? Michael Steger (2013) TEDx Talk, 16:45 mins. Professor Steger asks the question “What Makes Life Meaningful?” and shares what psychological science can tells us about the answer.

How To Gain Control of Your Free Time, Laura Vanderkam (2016) TED Talk, 11:46 mins. Vanderkam, a time management expert, offers practical strategies to help find more time for what matters, so we can “build the lives we want in the time we’ve got.” She’s the author of Off The Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done

Judges’ Well-Being And The Importance Of Meaningful Work, Anne Brafford & Robert Rebele (2018) Court Review. The article explains the importance of meaningful work to health, happiness, and performance. It provides meaningful work strategies that apply to everyone, not just judges.

Thrive at Work: Use Your Network to Draw You To What Matters Most [White Paper] Innovation Resource Center for Human Resources (2018).

Why You Should Stop Trying To Be Happy At Work, Susan Peppercorn (2019) Harvard Business Review.

To Find Meaning in Your Work, Chang How You Think About It, John Coleman (2017) Harvard Business Review.

You Don’t Find Your Purpose, You Build It, John Coleman (2017) Harvard Business Review.

Making Work Meaningful: A Leader’s Guide, Dan Cable and Freek Veremeulen (2018) McKinsey Quarterly.

How To Make Work More Meaningful For Your Team, Lewis Garrad and Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic (2017) Harvard Business Review.

9 Out of 10 People Are Willing To Earn Less Money To Do More Meaningful Work, Shawn Achor et al. (2018) Harvard Business Review.


CATEGORIES: Balancing Work & Family | Relationships | Stress & Resilience | Well-Being
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