84 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE VOL. 75 PART 1 JANUARY 2017 one? Try that as an experiment for a day, or two or three. As with any experiment examine the results. What are the results? Try another experiment. Once a week for ten weeks take the time to think about and write down three things you are grateful for. Research shows that this simple exercise will contribute to increased happiness and wellbeing.2 I am privileged to work and meet with people who act generously and kindly. I know our profession to be full of such people. We need to more consciously, consistently and actively act in this way. We will all be the beneficiaries as the practice of law will be more fulfilling and the health and well-being of our members will be positively affected. I know thanks is not gratitude but I do want to take this opportunity to thank the LAP Board of Directors, the lawyers of B.C. and the Law Society for the funding they provide; the Vancouver Bar Association for giving us one-half of the proceeds of its silent auction; the Advocate for generously providing us advertising space and for printing our articles; the CBA and the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C. for their continued support; the Lawyers Benevolent Fund for helping us help lawyers in distress; the various county and local bar communities for inviting us to attend and for supporting us; the LAP volunteers for being willing and available to help and share; and all of you who have so generously supported LAP. Thanks also to all the wonderful people I get to meet and who share their lives with me. I will endeavour to act with gratitude and show appreciation for and repay the tremendous amount shared with me. ENDNOTES 1. Albert Einstein, The World As I See It (New York: The Lawyers Assistance Program is an independent organization of members of the legal community (lawyers, judges, families and support staff). We provide peer support and referral services to help people deal with personal problems, including alcohol and drug dependence, stress, anxiety and depression. We are volunteers and staff committed to providing confidential, compassionate and knowledgeable outreach, support and education. We seek to foster collegiality among our peers and to promote health and well-being in our community. You can reach LAP by telephone at 604-685-2171, toll-free at 1- 888-685-2171 or via the LAP website: <www.lapbc.com>. t t t t t Citadel Press, 1956) at 3. 2. See Sonja Lyubomirsky, Kennon M Sheldon & David Schkade, “Pursuing Happiness: The Architecture of Sustainable Change” (2005) 9:2 Review of General Psychology 111.
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