The Lawyer’s Well-Being Brief

Can our mindset impact our well-being for the better?

Marc W. Crayton
2 min readJun 7, 2024

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”-Jim Rohn

Welcome back or welcome to, the Lawyer’s Well-being Brief. Every week, I share insights and tools to help us improve our well-being. This week we look at how optimism might promote longevity and healthy aging.


A study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health looked at the benefits of optimism.

“Although optimism itself may be affected by social structural factors, such as race and ethnicity, our research suggests that the benefits of optimism may hold across diverse groups,” said the study’s lead author, Hayami Koga, a Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences studying in the Population Health Sciences program in partnership with Harvard Chan School. “A lot of previous work has focused on deficits or risk factors that increase the risks for diseases and premature death. Our findings suggest that there’s value to focusing on positive psychological factors, like optimism, as possible new ways of promoting longevity and healthy aging across diverse groups.”

For this study, the researchers analyzed data and survey responses from 159,255 participants in the Women’s…



Marc W. Crayton

I help newer, younger lawyers make better well-being decisions so that they can thrive personally and professionally. Forward, always!