“Positivity Resonance” and 10 Virtues for the Modern Age — Law Firm Management 101

UNC professor and positive psychologist Barbara Fredrickson has written a new book that centers on the insight that emotions are not “private events, confined to one person’s mind and skin.” Instead, as between two people, “your respective neural firings come to mirror one another.” When the mirrored emotion is love, the neural firings are positive, and

Barbara Fredrickson

Barbara Fredrickson

a biological wave of good feeling and mutual care that rolls through two or more brains and bodies at once. Your body needs these micro-moments of positivity resonance just like it needs good food and physical activity.

Our latest evidence tells us that micro-moments of positivity resonance fortify the connection between your brain and your heart, making you healthier day-by-day.  Decades of research has shown that people who are more socially connected live longer and healthier lives.

Dr. Fredrickson’s new book is Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become.

Fredrickson is focused on love. That’s where the money is. But her core points are Law Firm Management 101: Emotions are not private events. Emotions in one person resonate in those around them. Positive emotions resonate to better effect than negative ones. (We need an endowed professor and a research program for this?)

In a moment of cosmic synchronicity, another positive thinker, Alain de Botton, has published Ten Virtues for the Modern Age coincidentally with Love 2.0.   And de Botton’s  ten virtues read to me like a list of qualities needed by members of law firms in order to generate and sustain positivity resonance.

Here’s the list. You can go over to Botton’s School of Life for the commentary. school_of_life

  1. Resilience
  2. Empathy
  3. Patience
  4. Sacrifice
  5. Politeness
  6. Humor
  7. Self-awareness
  8. Forgiveness
  9. Hope
  10. Confidence.

For your practical exercise, please answer these questions:

  • What needs to be added to this list to make it more relevant to law firms? Or, taken away?
  • Can a law firm hire for these qualities?
  • Can a law firm train for these qualities? If so, how?

Nice phrase that. Positivity resonance.

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