Positive #1: My frontal lobe. The prefrontal cortex is that newest part of the brain and it allows us the ability to conceptualize the future. I appreciate this part of my brain because an important ingredient of my happiness is anticipating good things to come – like a camping trip, a concert or going to see a movie.
Positive #2: Getting organized. I feel better because lately I have been checking off my short term goals to get ultimately get more organized. I tamed the octopus of electronic cords in my bag with small bags and snack size zip lock baggies. I’ve made it through two of my to-do lists and cleaned out my car. This reduces anxiety and frustration and increases my (you guessed it) happiness!
Positive #3: Home Sand. I am originally from Redondo Beach, California. It’s an amazing place to come from. I feel incredibly lucky. In my senior year, I was lucky enough to move to The Avenues where I was only a half block from the beach! Some of my favorite memories occurred during those months. When I think of my “safe place” or “happy place”, it is a short stretch of beach there. I brought several scoops of sand back to Utah so I always have a bit of home with me. I love to close my eyes, feel it and when I smell it, for a moment, I am home.
Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist