Wellness challenge winners announced

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020

What would you do with an extra day off? We have some terrific suggestions thanks to the Massachusetts Bar Association members who took part in the MBA’s “One More Day” wellness challenge.

In the Fall 2019 issue of the MBA’s Member Access brochure, we invited all MBA members to participate in a “One More Day” wellness challenge by telling us how they would spend an extra day off. The challenge was inspired by both the SJC Steering Committee on Lawyer Well-Being’s July 2019 Report, as well as a recent American Bar Association report citing a study of 6,000 practicing lawyers that found that the number of vacation days taken was the strongest predictor of lawyer well-being of all activities measured in the study — even stronger than income level.

The challenge responses were entered into a drawing for several prizes, and we’re pleased to announce the results. Congratulations to the following winners of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s “One More Day” attorney wellness challenge:

Christina Turgeon of Springfield, our grand prize winner of the Chatham Bars Inn weekend, wrote that she would like to “unwind from the practice of law and the practice of parenting” by immersing herself in a good book.

Sheldon Toplitt of Ashland, winner of an MBA Annual Dinner pass, wrote that he would spend his time enjoying day trips to nearby locations followed by a harbor cruise and good dinner.

Mark Carchidi of Yarmouthport, winner of a free MBA conference, wrote about how he finds home improvement projects/maintenance particularly rewarding and rejuvenating for the mind and spirit.

Thank you to all members who participated, including Massachusetts Probate and Family Court Chief Justice John D. Casey, whose idea starts with coffee and a newspaper, a long walk on the beach, a drive through a beautiful coastal town, and lunch overlooking the ocean, followed by a good book, some golf (weather permitting), dinner on the grill, and relaxing outside by the fire pit. A perfect day, indeed!

Let’s work on making these a reality for 2020!