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Overextended?  Here’s a PSA from your Brain

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This is a message for all of you cognitive athletes out there—thinking is hard work.

But wait, you already knew that, because at the end of the day, you’re drained, and your mind is muddled, and often, you’re frazzled too, so you drop into happy hour before heading home or back to the office for a few more hours of work.

Wouldn’t it be helpful though, to know how to turn a nonstop, draining, brain-numbing day into one that’s efficient throughout, so that more...

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Productivity Pro Tips

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With nonstop, and ever-increasing demands on our time and attention, productivity is at a premium.

What does productivity mean to you? Hours billed? Work out the door? Number of matters resolved?  Is it enough that we’re meeting our deadlines, even if they’re taking a toll?

One major benefit to being productive is that productivity increases energy and lowers stress. To get there, though, we need to understand what that means.

The dictionary defines productivity in two ways:

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Resilience and The Lawyer’s Brain

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You awake to a dozen or more new emails demanding immediate attention and you feel stressed before you’re even out of bed. That may translate into muscle tension, shallow breathing, a racing heart or other physical manifestations of a stress-response run amok. 

Or, you may experience mental hijack by your now activated fear center, sending your thinking brain offline. We’ve all seen or experienced this at some point—a minor event triggers a verbal tirade from an...

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What is Happiness and Where Do We Get Some?

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We are obsessed with happiness. We listen to songs about it. We read books about it. We long for it. We revel in happy endings. The U.S. Constitution even guarantees our right to pursue it. Yet many of us are trapped in the pursuit, with only fleeting moments captured.

So what is this thing called happiness, and where do we get some?

Before we go further, as you read this, reflect on moments when you felt happy. I admit that I actually find this request to be quite annoying,...

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Awe and Wonder

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We lawyers spend a good deal of our time in our heads, thinking--and worrying--about the work on our desks, and the time we don't have, and the "what-ifs," and the "if-onlys," yet when take a moment to gaze up at a star-studded night sky, the awe and wonder that we experience is not in our heads and our thoughts, but at our core and in our hearts. Even just imagining a starlit sky can evoke a feeling of amazement, sending warm ripples of excitement coursing through us.

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What is THRIVING Anyway?

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What is THRIVING anyway? And why a Center for Thriving in Law?

I'm going to take a circular path to answer those two questions.

I don't need to tell you that law is a high-intensity, high-demand profession. To sustain a long-term career, or more immediately, to get through a tough trial, a traumatic client event, or a difficult deal, we need tools and strategies that keep our thinking clear, and that sustain our energy and motivation over the long haul. 

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