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Intellectual Well-Being: Lawyer Well-Being Week Resources (Day 3)

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Intellectual Well-Being is in the spotlight for Day 3 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 through Friday to help you participate. View more here on Lawyer Well-Being Week and how leadership in the Massachusetts legal community can participate. 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 INTELLECTUAL WELL-BEING. The remaining schedule will highlight Social Well-Being on Thursday and Emotional Well-Being on Friday. We’re offerings 2 FREE related webinars:



Below are resources to help you ENGAGE & GROW — the Lawyer Well-Being Week tagline for Day 3: Intellectual Well-Being:


Career Development for Lawyers Workbook Series, Susan Letterman White (2018) LCL | Mass LOMAP. This 5-part workbook series offers career planning guidance for lawyers through deep dives on Strengths, Values, Brand, Purpose, and Path, 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.

2 Basic Steps to Thrive Under Stress as a Lawyer, Shawn Healy (2017) LCL | Mass LOMAP. A quick read on how inventorying your strengths and identifying opportunities for growth can help train your brain to perceive threats as positive challenges.

Peak Performance through Character Strengths Activity Guide, Jonathan Beitner and Elina Teboul (2020) Lawyer Well-Being Week. (Share about your experience using the hashtag #LawyerWellbeingWeek!)

Best Possible Self Activity Guide, Jonathan Beitner and Elina Teboul (2020) Lawyer Well-Being Week. (Share about your experience using the hashtag #LawyerWellbeingWeek!)

Wheel of Professional Development Activity Guide, Jonathan Beitner and Elina Teboul (2020) Lawyer Well-Being Week. (Share about your experience using the hashtag #LawyerWellbeingWeek!)

The Happy Secret To Better Work, Shawn Achor (2011) TED Talk, 12:05 mins. In this funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that happiness inspires us to be more productive. He’s the author of The Happiness Advantage: How A Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work And Life.

Flow: The Secret of Happiness, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (2004) TED Talk, 18:43 mins. Dr. Csikszentmihalyi–co-founder of positive psychology and creator of the concept of “flow”– asks, ‘What makes a life worth living?’ The answer isn’t money but may be found in activities that bring enjoyment and lasting satisfaction by generating the state of flow. He is the author of many books, including Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience and Good Business: Leadership, Flow, And The Making of Meaning.

Track Your Small Wins to Motivate Big Accomplishments, Teresa Amabile (2012) TEDx Talk, 21:09 mins. Amabile shares key insights from her research about staying motivated at work, including the importance of measuring progress, documenting challenges, and taking time to reflect. Amabile is the author of the book The Progress Principle and Harvard Business Review article The Power of Small Wins. Her website offers a helpful checklist: Progress Principle Daily Progress Checklist.

How to Get Better at the Things We Care About, Eduardo Briceño (2016). TED Talk, 16 mins. Briceño shares techniques to avoid stagnation and to always feel like you’re growing and moving forward in work, parenting, or creative hobbies.

Building Your Psychological Capital For Success & Well-Being In Law, Martha Knudson (2019) Lawyer Well-Being Channel, 20:40 mins. Related worksheet: Psychological Capital Worksheet: Build Your Mental Strength & Flexibility. See also PsyCap 101: Your Guide to Increasing Psychological Capital (

Engine Maintenance for Lawyers: Tuning Up your Brain for Peak Performance, Jennifer Overall (2019) Lawyer Well-Being Channel, 21:19 mins.

The Life You Imagine: Creating the Law Practice of Your Dreams, Matt Potempa (2019) Lawyer Well-Being Channel, 11:46 mins.

Managing Yourself: Turn The Job You Have Into The Job You Want, Amy Wrzesniewski, Justin M. Berg, & Jane E. Dutton (2010) Harvard Business Review.

Pygmalion in Management, J. Sterling Livingston (2003) Harvard Business Review. Discusses the power of a leaders’ expectation for followers’ performance and well-being.

Why People Lose Motivation — and What Managers Can Do To Help, Dan Cable (2018) Harvard Business Review.

To Prevent Burnout, Hire Better Bosses, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic (2019) Harvard Business Review.

Burnout Is About Your Workplace, Not Your People, Jennifer Moss (2019) Harvard Business Review.

The Unexpected Benefits of Pursuing a Passion Outside of Work, Jon Jachimowicz, Joyce He, and Julian Arango (2019) Harvard Business Review.

3 Science-Backed Reasons Having A Hobby Will Help Your Career, Marguerite Ward (2017) CNBC.

Why Creative Side Projects Are Good For You, Kevan Lee (2014)


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