I looked into Second Life a few years ago. According to this TED video, it continues to grow. I have looked at several YouTube videos as well. People can actually create things in Second Life and then sell them for real money. I saw one YouTube video that they are helping people to cure social anxiety with Second Life. I think there are a lot of possibilities and evidently the possibilities are growing by the day. They evidently are teaching classes there as well. Happiness 101 comes to Second Life? I suppose anything is possible – in Second Life.

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/the_inspiration_of_second_life.html

Frank Clayton LPC

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Without going into ugly detail, today I was reminded how ugly loved ones can be to one another. I am so grateful that no one I loved ever deliberately tried to hurt me that much. While I wish this had never happened to my friend, it makes me glad that a (previously) unthinkable hurt to that depth has never been pointed in my direction.

Frank Clayton LPC

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Got to spend the morning with my in-family, eating chocolate chip pancakes and introducing them to the game Dominion. They loved it!! I am really grateful that they specifically made a point of coming through Salt Lake on their way home.

Frank Clayton LPC

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This is a week to remember those who have fallen to suicide. There are several programs this week to raise awareness and bring hope to those who are still struggling including NAMI and the American Suicide Prevention Foundation. While honestly I hope we reach a point that we do not need to raise awareness about suicide, I am grateful that there is a special time on our calendar to remind us.

Frank Clayton LPC

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While I don’t personally carry one, I appreciate that they give women an opportunity to show off their fashion sense. It also gives them somewhere to put, keys, ID, lipstick and seemingly everything in the known universe. I swear if Superman went up against a woman carrying a purse, he would probably flee for his life because he’d be absolutely sure kyrptonite is in there somewhere. Oh! It can also serve as a weapon to fend of would-be attackers (thinking of Ruth Buzzi in Laugh In)

Frank Clayton LPC

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Yesterday I turned a negative into a positive. I had forgotten to remove the Suicide Prevention Coalition meeting from my calendar, so I ended up with over a two hour gap in my schedule. I used the opportunity to get many things done the biggest of which was that I knocked out nearly all of the remaining interviews for the next Happiness 101 class. I should be ready to send out the Golden Ticket E-mail sooner than later. Today I pause to express gratitude for the dividends paid by practicing what I preach – the ability to quickly and easily turn a “negative” and turn it into a positive.

Frank Clayton LPC

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Report from IPPA Conference, Day 2

Day two of the 2nd Congress of the International Positive Psychology Association was simply amazing.  I learned SO much!  At one point I laughed to my friend “Teacher!  My brain is full!”  Here’s a report of the day’s events:

It began with Ed Deci speaking about self-determination and its relationship to positive psychology – in other words: the self-fulfilling prophecy.  He showed scientific proof that believing that you are doomed and things will never get better can actually bring that about.  Using a simple analogy (of my own), if one is drowning and they really don’t think anyone will come to rescue them, they can behave based on this belief by not paddling and dying before help could arrive.  But Deci really wowed the crowd when he reported that studies repeatedly proved that external rewards kill off intrinsic motivation.  For instance, when we try to control our children either by giving them a reward for doing well (the carrot) or punishing them when they do not do well (the stick), we inadvertently are hindering our child’s innate love of learning!  You can bet I will be blogging more about this. Continue reading Report from IPPA Conference, Day 2

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When it comes to suicide, Utah currently ranks #9.  In an effort to save lives and lower the rate of suicide in Utah, Happiness 101 will offer a webinar to reach out to the rural areas of the state where suicide is the most prevalent.  The online class will be completely free.   There will be no prescreening.  Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 7-9pm from October 5th to November 9th.

This webinar will be absolutely FREE.  The only cost will be to buy the text book: The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky.

Happiness 101 is an uplifting class where you will learn HOW to be happy, build a support system, and learn to break unhappy habits. Most people believe the myths of Happiness and therefore spend a great deal of energy chasing it, only to end up disappointed. Scientific research has now revealed the things that actually bring us Happiness. Even better: you can start being Happier NOW. Continue reading Free Happiness 101 Webinar to Reduce Suicide in Utah

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