How Helping Others Can Make You Better

Tim Parkins
2 min readDec 12, 2022

An excellent article on HBR highlights some research that I found interesting and useful. If you have followed me for some time, you know I don’t like the idea of “work-life balance”. Work plays a role in the one life we have. While we are working, we are living. You get the idea.

Conflict at home will invariably spill into the workplace (or vice versa), since there is no real distinction or separation between work life and the rest of life.

The research confirmed that; nothing surprising there.

But the part that was super interesting — and I think rather unexpected — was the fact that employees who were in a bad mood because of personal issues were more likely to help colleagues at work. Interesting. It was surprising to note that the data revealed they felt better when they helped colleagues deal with personal problems.


This is such a fantastic reminder to us of the tremendous opportunities that arise when we aim to serve and help others, without expectations. Good things happen when we do that.

As we wrap up the year, can you help a colleague, without being asked? What can you do to make their day brighter? Don’t be shy to do it; the results may surprise you.

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Article originally published at on December 12, 2022.



Tim Parkins

Career Coach & Work Architect. I help successful but unhappy professionals craft a working life that works for them.