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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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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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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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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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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Once sugar was harder to get and more expensive. Now it is plentiful and sweetens my life and a daily basis. Out of respect for those on a diet I will refrain from listing all the goodies but would like to say that if my coffee were blond but not sweet, the relationship would probably end. 😉

Frank Clayton LPC

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The few times my car wouldn’t start gave me the opportunity to be thankful for all the times it did. Bad weather helps me to appreciate good weather. Cancellations make me glad for the people who show up. A locked bathroom door thwarts taking for granted all the times it’s not. Bouts of physical pain make me glad when I am not. Today I appreciate the variety adversity brings.

Frank Clayton LPC

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Positive #1: Canasta. Last night I had the opportunity to get together with friends. Battle lines were drawn between boys and girls. Weapons: Black 3s and wild cards at 20 paces. Among dirty plates and empty glasses the final cards were thrown. It was nice to be on the winning team, but honestly I enjoyed the journey as much (if not more) than the destination. Canasta is a great excuse to get together with good friends.

Frank Clayton LPC

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