Thankful Happiness

December 3, 2013. One of the most popular TED Business Talks is on a study where the premise is you can buy happiness if you spend the money on others. (Link Below) I played this podcast at our attorney meeting, handed out envelopes of cash and then we proceeded to pick out thank you gifts for each of our staff. We discussed everything from handing out cash, group lunch, spa pedicures, to gift cards. Ultimately we landed on a personal gift for each depending on a goal we know about or something we've learned while working together. Each attorney is buying an item with their cash envelope. I hope they are happy and enjoy this pro social experience. I am thankful that we have such an amazing support team. So tomorrow when we deliver everything from a crock pot to running gloves we shall see if the TED Talk that helped inspire Thankful Happiness at the firm pays off.

The Response

After distributing thoughtful gifts to our support staff, we received nothing but positive feedback. All of them were very surprised by the gracious act and not only did it leave our support team smiling, but also our attorneys. The kind words that were shared also kept them knowing that we greatly appreciate the hard work that they do each and every day. This just shows that giving spreads happiness to both the giver and receiver.

Attorney Chris Barondeau shared how he benefited from thoughtful giving.

“This was a great opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous contributions of Goosmann Law Firm’s staff members. The skills and dedication of our staff are second to none. I was just happy to play a part in helping to recognize all their hard work and express our gratitude for everything they do to help our firm succeed.” - Chris Barondeau

Monica Colella, Paralegal at Goosmann Law Firm, discusses her thankfulness for Barondeau’s kind words and unexpected gift.

“Chris went out of his way to get me a gift that will help me reach a personal goal in 2014. More significantly, the kind words that came from Chris and the rest of the GLF team meant the world to me. It showed me that I have the whole GLF team’s support to help me in my journey, and for that I am thankful.” - Monica Colella

Interested in doing this exercise with your own team?

Watch the “TED Business Talk with Michael Norton – How to Buy Happiness” and share it with your team: To learn more about strategizing for your business, contact our firm at or call 712.226.4000.

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