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  • Tamar Balkin

Will finding purpose beyond work improve your wellbeing?

"When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary

When troubles come and my heart burdened be

Then, I am still and wait here in the silence

Until You come and sit awhile with me."

You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban (click here for the song)

Click on the picture to watch my 87 second Vlog, to better understand how finding purpose beyond work will improve your wellbeing.

"It's like you're always stuck in second gear

When it hasn't been your day, your week, your month Or even your year"

I’ll Be There For You by The Rembrandts (click here for the song)

I encourage all of you to step outside and take a moment to think about how you can find purpose beyond work by doing something for someone else. Beyond the obvious benefits to your and the recipient, according to Adam Grant helping others also improves your productivity. (Click here for my past blog on productivity)


"Lean on me

When you're not strong And I'll be your friend I’ll help you carry on"

Lean On Me by Bill Withers (click here for the song)


Thank you to Ben Baran and Chris Everett from the Indigo podcast for inspiring this blog.



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