In my Lawyering and the Good Life presentations, I urge participants to consider that a concerted effort to develop positive characteristics such as hope, optimism, and happiness makes sense because it helps us undertake and achieve signicant and challenging goals. Here's an example. Today's Wall Street Journal has an article on Bishop Desmond Tutu that begins:
Among his many essential arts -- those of persuasion, rhetoric, theology and politics -- there is one that stands out over all others when I meet Desmond Tutu in the flesh at a hotel in midtown Manhattan: the art of laughter.
In the course of an hour's conversation with Archbishop Tutu, I hear a fuller range of cackles, chuckles and giggles than I have ever encountered in one who was not a child, or drunk, or a professional comedian. It is an instinctive laughter, not cultivated; but even so, one senses that "the Arch" grasped early in life its power to disarm an interlocutor.
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