On June 14th, I had the honor and privilege to speak at ARUP Laboratories here in Salt Lake City. I had just one hour to tell them as much as I could about Happiness. I have been teaching Happiness 101 for over a year. The semesters keep getting longer and longer because I keep learning and learning. There is now SO much good solid, scientifically-based information on the subject. I wish I could just download all the information right to the audience. I jammed in as much as I could in that hour. After a quick introduction, we did a Happiness exercise. Rapid fire I talked about complaints and automatic negative thoughts, gave them the definition of Happiness, including the differentiation between “Happy” and “Happier”. I gave them the science behind why we are not as happy as we think we should be and the myths of happiness. I pounded on the issue of CHOICE, asking the audience to chant “Choice. Choice. Choice.” for each time I said it and of the Happiness Robbers that take away our power of choice. Most importantly, I shared the Happiness Habits suggested by Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky in her book The How of Happiness. I am “Happy” to report that we video taped the lecture and it is now available on YouTube. You will notice that the videos are interactive. You can jump easily from one video to another. I would suggest you start with “Are You Happy“. It is my goal to make other classes available soon. I want to give a special thank you to H.V. for inviting me to speak at her place of work. I also want to thank everyone who has been spreading the word about Happiness. I appreciate those who have been telling people they do not need to wait to be rich, famous or more beautiful – that they can be happier NOW.
Licensed Professional Counselor