I appreciate emotional pain because first of all, it let’s me know that I’m alive.  It is also the greatest natural motivator for change.  When one is in a significant amount of emotional pain, they are HIGHLY motivated to do something to get out of that emotional pain – even if it means being uncomfortable.  I also appreciate emotional pain because it gives my life contrast.  Using the analogy of weather, if every day were sunny, then it might become easy to take it for granted.  The stormy days help me to appreciate the sunny days all the more.

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Is Happiness 101 still FREE?  Yes and no.  Yes and no.

First, I want to thank you for all your support over the years.  As of this month, I have taught Happiness 101 off and on for EIGHT years!!  I have always insisted on keeping it free*.  It never seemed fair to me that a class that offers the very keys of Happiness should be held back from those who cannot afford it.  If I were charging the what my time is worth, the class would cost over $2,000.  Obviously, most people would not be able to afford that. So, I will keep Happiness 101 free – HALF of the time.  You see, I have discovered over the years that many people really WANT to pay for the class.  They do not feel good about not paying for it.  Therefore, every other class will be free*.  The classes in between will be paid classes. Students will pay $100.  The deposit in the free classes is also going up from $60 to $100.  So, this upcoming free class, beginning April 22nd, will be the last class in which students will only have to pay a $60 deposit.  Just to clarify: if a potential student is so stricken by poverty that they cannot afford the deposit, I have special arrangement to offer.  I will not leave anyone behind.  

We have had over three dozen people express interest in taking this Happiness 101 class.  But it is not on a first come, first serve basis. There are a number of factors in who gets chosen for the class.  A big one is readiness for change.  Are YOU ready for a change?  Are YOU ready for a Happier life?  Then    There IS still time to enroll in the April 22nd class but you must get in your application no later than Saturday, April 8th and 9pm.  To apply,  click here for more information.

* There is a $60 deposit.  If the student attends at least six of the eight classes, they get their deposit back at the end of class.  If the student cannot afford the deposit, arrangements can still be made.  E-mail Frank for more information.

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Today I was grateful that I still have good kidneys . Good thing to have when I am on the road so much
Positive 2
I wasn’t sure I could do my exercise cause my pain is high with the pollution but I modified it and it helped me feel much better. Glad I went.
Positive 3
I was telling someone this morning about depression being like our grey smoggy skies while not realizing there is a blue sunny sky some where. Then by afternoon here came the blue sunny sky for a few hours. It was like my reward for thinking positive.
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I was able to find something for a client after going to many stores and they really appreciated it. Nice to have appreciation.

Positive 2

I am not a Christmas person and this season has been so easy on me I feel so free of the weight of the season.  I am very happy not to have any strings of attachment to this holiday.

Positive 3

I bought the softest blanket at Costco. I love soft warm bedding can’t wait to have it on my bed! It is soothing to reach out and feel something so soft and good bedding is imperative to my sleep.

By: Kathie

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Safe travels to Ogden and back and the roads weren’t even that busy.

Positive 2

AppreciateD the changes in the skyline in the drive. Salt Lake City was cloudy, Ogden was clear. Reminded me that everything changes.

Positive 3

Feeling a bit blue for no reason so doing a lot of self talk and cognitive work on my thoughts. Glad I know that this helps thanks to happiness 101!

By: Kathie

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I have an old tv, vcr and electronics so it took me forever to figure out how I had the dvd set up from before. Sometimes the simple things are the ones that work and that turned out to be the case. I wrote myself instructions for next time.

Positive 2

I got my car cleaned yesterday and it feels so much better to drive in a clean car. I know my life would improve if I would work on organization.

Positive 3

In all honesty I have been fighting a little depression the last three weeks. I have stayed out of the dark most days. So I am working on cognitive skills most days knowing that it will pass. After work today I hit the covers but then made myself get up and exercise. It takes effort and I am glad most times I know it is better to make that effort.

 

By: Kathie

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Tuesdays December 9 – January 27  7:45-9:15pm

Winter and the holidays can be a rough time of year.  This group will not only let participants get the support they need, there will be an educational component as well, learning scientifically proven methods to decrease depression and improve happiness.  Space is limited so do not wait.  Reserve your spot TODAY.  If using insurance, the cost will be $60 for each hour and a half group over the eight weeks – for a total cost of $480.  There is a cash discount available.  Participants paying out-of-pocket will be charged $50 per session for a total of $400. Those paying out-of-pocket, there is an early birds special paying only $40 per session for a total of $320. Early birds must pay (by 7pm on Friday, November 28th).  If going through insurance, E-mail frank at frank@saltlakementalhealth.com the following information that insurance benefits may be verified:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Name and customer service phone number of the insurance company
  • Member ID
  • Address
  • Name of the insured (if different from participant)
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Next FREE class to begins Saturday April 26th, 2014

Happiness 101 works! – and we have the numbers to prove it!

Using scientifically validated instruments, students of Happiness 101 show a decrease in depression and increases in their happiness, optimism, belief that they can make a positive impact in their own life and self-esteem. The evidence is so compelling we are working toward getting published in the Journal of Positive Psychology!

Here are some testimonials from a recent class:

“Happiness 101 helped me cross the bridge between understanding that attitude change is possible to experience attitude change.”

“I feel much happier now that I have taken this course.”

“[The] Self-Esteem [portion of the class] was a HUGE eye opener for me and one of those moments in life where it is a light bulb moment.”

“I have looked myself in the mirror and found so many things that I have loved about myself that I didn’t know existed.”

“I appreciated discovering more of my negative thinking errors and taking more responsibility for them.”

“I have learned that I have always had happiness inside of me and I always knew what made me happy.”

“It was humorous, enlightening, challenging, and affirming.”

“REALLY appreciated learning about self-esteem!”

“I usually don’t do well with change but the knowledge. I have now gets me excited to move forward with a clear mind and I am ready to see what the future has in store for me.”

“Since starting this class I’ve learned so much about myself and how I can become happier.”

“I have really enjoyed this class. I have seen a change in me.”

The next Happiness 101 class will be held on Saturdays April 26th to June 14th from noon to 2pm. Click here to find out more about Happiness 101.

Frank Clayton, The Happy Therapist
Clinical Mental Health Counselor

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