Writing for a legal blog, I don’t get many chances to write about the key to happiness. There was this post about the state constitutional right to happiness, but that was five years ago. I may start writing about happiness a lot more after reading this item by Aaron Vehling at Law360 titled: Employment Attorneys The Happiest Lawyers Around (subscription required).
We work just as hard and tend to make less money than many other specialties. So what gives? The “experts” consulted for the article attributed our gleefulness to the fact that our work is meaningful, steady, and stimulating. You may disagree, but you aren’t a happiness expert now, are you?
There will, of course, be cynics who point out that the poll and the article don’t say that practicing employment law causes happiness. Others will point out that the survey included only 300 lawyers and 45 employment lawyers, which seems like a pretty small sample to support sweeping generalizations about who is or isn’t happy. But trust me, those are some pretty unhappy people raising those objections. I don’t even want to think about what areas they practice in.