Report from IPPA Conference, Day 3

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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As I stood before the row of printers, I felt daunted: which printer do I buy? Two that looked to me to be the same were $100 different in price. What brand? What features? Barry Schwartz has a great video on www.ted.com about choice. He talks about how because now there are so MANY choices we can feel overwhelmed. He goes on to say that we often end up leaving the store with what we THINK is the best purchase, but second-guessing ourselves. Dan Gilbert offers a solution to these conundrums in his book Stumbling on Happiness. The answer is simple: ASK Ask someone who is knowledgeable and/or someone who has been there, done that and got the T-shirt. Enter Russ. I didn’t know it until later, but Russ was a manager in the store. He approached me and offered his help. We talked brands and prices and features. One of the best tips was to buy a brand that doesn’t gouge on the price of ink, namely Kodak. Not only are the ink cartridges affordable, they have adopted every Kodak printer to use the same ink cartridge. Yea!! No more trying to remember which numbered cartridge fits which printer. Not only that, Russ directed me to a model that had just come in, differentiating it from the Kodak model they were going to stop carrying. Win. Win. Win. Not only that, Russ personally took me up front, opened a register and checked me out himself. Because of Russ, I left Sam’s Club feeling very, very good about my purchase. Thanks, Russ!

Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist

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