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Sunday, February 4, 2018

How To Maintain Joy In Your Work As A Lawyer (Or Law Professor)

Happy GoodABA Journal, Loving Life as a Lawyer: How to Maintain Joy in Your Work:

[Nancy Levit (Missouri-Kansas City), co-author of The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law (Oxford University Press 2010) and The Good Lawyer: Seeking Quality in the Practice of Law (Oxford University Press 2014)] shares tips on how to find the work you want to do and how to find joy in the work you’re already doing.

One way to adjust your mindset at work is to look at who you’re spending time with, she says. Are you hanging out with colleagues who have positive outlooks, or with the workplace worrywarts and complainers?

Levit advises keeping a mindset of “upward” comparisons. Comparing “downward” means focusing on the things others have that you don’t, while comparing upward makes you grateful for the things you do have. Lawyers tend to want perfection, she says, and the quest to keep up with the Joneses—or the Jones Days—can cause people to be unhappy.

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Comments

I just looked at the squib, and they got upward and downward backwards in interpreting what I said. It should read: "Levit advises keeping a mindset of “downward” comparisons. Comparing “upward” means focusing on the things others have that you don’t, while comparing downward makes you grateful for the things you do have." So, please, stay safe and happy out there and don’t make upward comparisons. NEL

Posted by: Nancy Levit | Feb 4, 2018 1:31:27 PM