Dentons lawyers report impact of new mindfulness initiative

A group of lawyers at international law firm Dentons have reported a decrease in their stress levels after completing a new mindfulness scheme.

Around 60 people across the firm’s European offices took part in the two-month NextMind programme, which teaches participants about the neuroscientific and psychological aspects of stress, the culture of perfectionism and cognitive bias.

Lawyers completed a self assessment before and after the initiative, reporting an average 75% increase in social wellbeing, as well as modest improvements in emotional wellbeing and stress levels.

Karina Furga-Dabrowska, partner at Dentons, said: “The social competence and emotional intelligence of our lawyers and leaders are key to success in tomorrow’s legal advisory market. Thanks to mindfulness meditation, we come to know ourselves and our emotions better, and are thus better able to consciously direct our actions. We also come to better understand the needs and emotions of others, which is key to better team management and the development of lasting trust-based relationships with clients.”

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