On Thursday, at Shawnee Public Library, a handful of area residents took advantage of a free two-hour Blue Zones Project Power of Purpose Workshop. The event, through interactive activities and small group exercises, had the goal of helping participants gain a better understanding of their life's purpose and how to put that into practice for greater well-being.

On Thursday, at Shawnee Public Library, a handful of area residents took advantage of a free two-hour Blue Zones Project Power of Purpose Workshop. The event, through interactive activities and small group exercises, had the goal of helping participants gain a better understanding of their life's purpose and how to put that into practice for greater well-being.

“One of the goals of the Blue Zones Project is to help people discover a clear definition of their gifts and deepen their sense of purpose,” the local Blue Zones Project website, at pottawatomie.bluezonesproject.com, states. “Then we hope to help people use their gifts more, through either existing outlets in their life or through new outlets where they are needed.”

There are two more upcoming opportunities to discover individual gifts and how to utilize them:

• From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Shawnee Mall, 4901 N. Kickapoo in Shawnee

• From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 25 at First United Bank, 301 N. Broadway in Tecumseh

About Blue Zones Project

Blue Zones Project is a community-wide well-being improvement initiative to help make healthy choices easier for everyone in our community.

“Blue Zones Project encourages changes in our community that lead to healthier options,” the site reads. “When our entire community participates — from our worksites and schools to our restaurants and grocery stores — the small changes contribute to huge benefits for all of us: lowered healthcare costs, improved productivity, and ultimately, a higher quality of life.”