I really enjoy chess. it keeps my mind sharp, it has ever-deeper layers of game play, but most importantly it gives me a chance to bond with others. My dad taught me how to play chess. My wife and I play regularly and I had the great pleasure of teaching my daughter to play in January. I was SO proud of her when she beat me! Today, I pause to express gratitude that I do not live in a chess-less world.

Frank Clayton LPC

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It truly made me smile when I saw that 40 people have RSVPd “yes” to the Happiness Social on Monday. I truly feel honored. We have a lot of fun at the ‘Socials. I always feel like I am among friends while there. Plus I get …to make up fun and interesting activities and people actually DO them! Finally, I always especially look forward to Happiness Socials just before a class. Inevitably, past students tell the new students what they’re in for. It’s always a great experience.

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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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Television is an amazing invention that allows information to be dispersed to (nearly) the entire population at once. This allows us to warn people quickly, potentially saving lives. The TV allows me to watch movies I like. It can provide education as well.

Frank Clayton LPC

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I am glad that today I do not have cancer. I am grateful that I need not make frequent doctor appointments and lose my hair. I am glad it does not bring me chronic pain. Today I am glad that I nor my family need worry about that.

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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Science has been able to show that this is the happy part of the brain. On brain scans, it lights up like Christmas when people are experiencing happiness. this part of the brain also …allows us to synthesize happiness. According to Dan Gilbert imagining happiness is just as good as actually experiencing it. Today I appreciate my left prefrontal cortex for without, for it allows me to experience happiness. http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/dan_gilbert_researches_happiness.html

Frank Clayton LPC

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They have agreed to host the upcoming class of Happiness 101. They have been very, very kind and hospitable. If they did not host us, we would either have to limit the class to 10 (instead of 22) or would have to charge to afford a space larger than my waiting room. Today I feel very grateful to Broadview University for helping to make Utah happier. 🙂

Frank Clayton LPC

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This song moves me every time I hear it. And I don’t play it lightly. I only play this song when I am ready to rekindle my life. When I heard it this past weekend I realized it is the …perfect song to begin a new semester of Happiness 101 – because new students truly are at a crossroad and ready to begin a new, happier life. Bring it on. http://216.169.248.35/music/download-songs/pop-adult-contemporary-76705-everything-new

Frank Clayton LPC

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