Woman face with botox injectionin forehead area (Rudyanto Wijaya/iStock)
1. Medical benefit all law firms should offer: Botox. Feeling stressed and overwhelmed by your Big Law job? Of course, you are. Who isn’t?
Instead of popping Zoloft, Prozac or pouring yourself another cocktail, you might consider going for a little Botox break at lunch. Not only will you look more youthful (always a career enhancer) but it will make you feel much better about your job.
It turns out that Botox can help fight more than wrinkles. Reports The New York Times:
In a study forthcoming in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, Eric Finzi, a cosmetic dermatologist, and Norman Rosenthal, a professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical School, randomly assigned a group of 74 patients with major depression to receive either Botox or saline injections in the forehead muscles whose contraction makes it possible to frown. Six weeks after the injection, 52 percent of the subjects who got Botox showed relief from depression, compared with only 15 percent of those who received the saline placebo.
Lest you think this is just a study sponsored by Botox manufacturers, the morale-boosting benefits of Botox are heralded by other studies as well. According to The Times, Michael Lewis at Cardiff University and M. Axel Wollmer at the University of Basel found similar results.
Firms looking to improve morale might consider social events organized around Botox. Instead of those same-old, same-old firm cocktail parties or summer outing at the country club, why not spice things up and add Botox to the mix?