Thursday, July 24, 2014, 10:19 AM

"Happiness Is The Truth"

Charlottesville, Virginia has been named the happiest city in the United States.  It also will be home to the newest (unofficial) office of Womble Carlyle.  Coincidence?  Yes, probably.

A recent study from a Harvard professor ranked Charlottesville as the happiest city in the US.  Just down the road, Richmond was rated the "most contented" metropolitan area with over one million people.  Norfolk/Virginia Beach, hometown of the "Happy" songwriter Pharrell, came in second.  There must be something about Virginia!

The study suggested that people are willing to sacrifice happiness if the price is right. "Indeed, the residents of unhappier metropolitan areas today do receive higher real wages -- presumably as compensation for their misery."  Which explains Northern Virginia.  Just kidding!

In unrelated news, I'm happy to announce that Womble Caryle will soon be opening a new office space in Charlottesville to serve as a staging area for Virginia-based litigation outside of the Washington beltway.  Charlottesville is one of the headquarters of the Western District of Virginia.  Additionally, from this central location, an attorney can travel to just about any courthouse in the Commonwealth in under two hours.  The location and opening date for the "Charlottesville office" have not been finalized.  I will announce more after the details are worked out.

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