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Authentic Happiness and Meaning at Law Firms

16 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2008 Last revised: 10 Feb 2015

Peter H. Huang

University of Colorado Law School

Rick Swedloff

Rutgers Law School

Abstract

We advocate that law firms can and should foster authentic happiness and meaning in the professional lives of their associates. Based upon empirical and experimental research in behavioral economics and positive psychology, we consider how law firms can implement policies to promote authentic happiness and meaning in their associates' professional lives. We also believe that law schools can and should help to reduce the anxiety, stress, and unhappiness that individuals feel as law students and help them develop abilities to achieve meaningful careers as law firm associates. We provide a guide as to how law firms and law schools can design policies and procedures to nudge people towards achieving more authentic happiness and meaning in their professional (and personal) lives if people so desire.

Keywords: authentic happiness, positive psychology, subjective well-being, signature strengths, meaning, law firm associates, quality of life

JEL Classification: D60, D63, I131, K10, K30

Suggested Citation

Huang, Peter H. and Swedloff, Rick, Authentic Happiness and Meaning at Law Firms. 58 Syracuse Law Review 335 (2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1086675

Peter H. Huang (Contact Author)

University of Colorado Law School ( email )

Colorado Law
401 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
United States
303 492-4563 (Phone)
303-492-1200 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://lawweb.colorado.edu/profiles/profile.jsp?id=456

Rick Swedloff

Rutgers Law School ( email )

217 N. 5th Street
Camden, NJ 08102
United States

HOME PAGE: http://law.rutgers.edu/directory/view/swedloff

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