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Student of positive psychology and innovative gamer, Jane McGonigal used her creativity and skills as a gamer to overcome a very challenging situation. She shares her gift with us in the game SuperBetter. I got special permission to use Superbetter for students of Happiness 101 before it was officially released. Now not only is Superbetter available in the website version but is now as close as your phone. She teaches the principles of Positive Psychology in a fun way! Your strengths are your super powers and the villains are your problems or symptoms. You can even get real friends to help you by making them allies. I am really grateful to Jane for giving her gift free if charge but even more so for making it so easily available as an app on my phone. Whoo hoo!
Frank Clayton LPC
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Wow! What an absolutely amazing day! In case you’re just “tuning in”, today is day 3 of the 2nd Congress of the International Positive Psychology Association.
Here are the highlights:
- Barbara Fredrickson (author of my #2 pick on Happiness, Positivity) talked about Love
- Meeting Todd Kashdan and (what may be his last) talk at IPPA
- Possible collaboration with positive psychologist and local, Lynn Johnson
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with a Positive Spin
- Positive Computing
- Meeting Jane McGonigal and using her on-line game to enhance Happiness 101
- How much you think you can do something effects whether (and how hard) you try *
- The use of strengths in therapy – the intermediate lesson *
- Gala and the National Constitution Center *
* I will report on these tomorrow.
It was much cooler today. A blessing for my walk to my third download of information in the realm of positive psychology, a.k.a. Happiness! As I walked through City Hall in (literally) the heart of Philadelphia, I hummed a little tune. I was distracted by the richness and variety of the people as I walked. Per haps distracted enough by the suits, the homeless, the street venders, the skaters and the provocative dress, the song’s lyrics did not bubble to the surface until in the shadow of the Downtown Marriott. I murmured, “All you need is love. Bump-ba bump-ba bump. All you need is love. Bump-ba bump-ba bump. All you need is love, love – love is all you need.” As I realized I was humming a Beatles standard, I also realized that the topic of Barbara Fredrickson’s talk was “Love: A new lens on the science of thriving” Continue reading Report from IPPA Conference, Day 3
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www.GivesMeHope.com is a wonderful simple, straight-forward opportunity, giving people a forum to spread optimism. People share (very) short stories describing circumstances and situations that give them hope. They also have a wonderful iPhone application, so if I only have a few minutes, I can tune in and get a Happiness Boost. Today, I feel grateful that I found a place on the internet that gives ME hope.
Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist