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Happiness is an Option for Lawyers: Creating Success and Fulfillment in Work and Life

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Take Charge

Take responsibility for making your life what you want it to be. It is more empowering to feel a sense of control and to make decisions. Commit to what you want and take action.

Practicing the strategies listed above can help you experience “flow”. All of us have experienced situations where our involvement in an activity was so focused, that we lost track of time. Research shows that at such times, what we are doing completely occupies all of our mind and awareness. Being fully engaged is akin to play or exceptional sports performance. This state of mind is called “being in the flow”.

Need some quick relief? Put a copy of this brief exercise on your desk or tape it to the inside of your briefcase. It only takes a minute to renew your energy.

Brief Relax/Refresher for Attorneys

1. Find yourself a comfortable position with as few distractions as possible.
2. Gently close your eyes and focus your attention inward.
3. Imagine a radiant light releasing your stress.
4. Take a few slow easy breaths, taking air in through your nose and exhaling           through your mouth.
5.  Say to yourself, “Alert mind, calm body.”
6. Now take a deep, soothing breath all the way down to your abdomen.
7. As you exhale, let your facial muscles, neck and shoulders relax.
8. Feel a wave of warmth and heaviness sweep down to your toes.
9. Allow the relaxation to re-energize your body and mind.
10. Slowly open your eyes, stretch, and ease back into normal activities.


“We have patience for everything but what is most important to us.  We look at the life of our own most central imaginings and see it beckon.  For the most part, we have not the courage to follow it, but we do not have the courage to leave it.  We turn our face for a moment and tell ourselves we will be sure to get back to it.  When we look again, ten years have passed and we wonder what in God’s name happened to us.

We sabotage our creative possibilities because the world revealed by the imagination may not fit well with the life we have taken so much trouble to construct over the years.  Faced with the pain of that distance, the distance between desire and reality, we turn just for a moment, and quickly busy ourselves.  But then we must live with the consequences of turning away.”
David Whyte

Life in the 21st century law firm has become more business-minded focusing on the bottom line. This change in focus makes it difficult for lawyers working in a firm to have time for relationships and other meaningful pursuits.

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