CalendarThe schedule has been pretty tight for the last several months.  We are glad to announce that the schedule has loosened up a bit.  Once summer is over, the calendar once again fills to capacity.  So, if you’ve been thinking of making an appointment, now is the time to do so.  Talk to our receptionist, Cheryl by calling 877-476-6338, option 1.

Frank Clayton, Clinical Mental Health Counselor and President of Salt Lake Mental Health, Inc.


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Positive #1: Fireworks! I love the amazing variety of fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July. Sparklers for the little ones. Big fountains for the teens. The city puts on a great show. Something for everyone. I have lots of great memories with my family. 

Positive #2: Tattoos. A unique opportunity to permanently express yourself. It could pay tribute to loved ones, have art on your body or something useful, like “If found, please drop in the nearest mail box”  

Positive #3: helping a friend move. Today I had the opportunity to help a friend move. I know they felt really supported and I even got some exercise. I also got to see a part of town I hadn’t seen before (Rose Park).

Frank Clayton, The Happy Therapist


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Positive #1: Feeling MUCH better today! This allowed me to get some laundry done, straighten up the house, do some dishes and (GASP!) take a walk! There’s something really special about that first venture out of the house after being inside for upwards of 24 hours. I am also grateful that my illness fell on a weekend that I may fulfill my calling this week in the capacity of therapist. 

Positive #2: Dominion online. I got to play one of my favorite games (Dominion) online with a friend today. It was great because we challenge one another mentally and got to banter back and forth using the game’s chat feature. One of the things I like about it is even if is the dead of night, because it is a game loved across the globe, you can always find someone to play with. I’ve actually had some very interesting conversations with people from Europe using that game. Oh! I guess the best thing about the game is it introduced me to the aforementioned friend. Social connection always gets double happiness points in my book  

Positive #3: World War Z. As zombie movies go, I really enjoyed it! It was good company while my body healed, which DISTRACTION is a huge part of the happiness strategy for coping. Believe me, it was so fast paced, there was not much time to slow down. The plot was quite feasible and I actually found myself choked up a couple of times (and how many zombie movies can you say that about?  Nice job, Brad Pitt!) Also the act of courage displayed at the end of the movie, I found to be inspirational.


Frank Clayton, The Happy Therapist

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Positive #1: My frontal lobe.  The prefrontal cortex is that newest part of the brain and it allows us the ability to conceptualize the future.  I appreciate this part of my brain because an important ingredient of my happiness is anticipating good things to come – like a camping trip, a concert or going to see a movie.  

Positive #2: Getting organized.  I feel better because lately I have been checking off my short term goals to get ultimately get more organized.  I tamed the octopus of electronic cords in my bag with small bags and snack size zip lock baggies.  I’ve made it through two of my to-do lists and cleaned out my car.  This reduces anxiety and frustration and increases my (you guessed it) happiness!

Positive #3: Home Sand.  I am originally from Redondo Beach, California.  It’s an amazing place to come from.  I feel incredibly lucky.  In my senior year, I was lucky enough to move to The Avenues where I was only a half block from the beach!  Some of my favorite memories occurred during those months.  When I think of my “safe place” or “happy place”, it is a short stretch of beach there.  I brought several scoops of sand back to Utah so I always have a bit of home with me.  I love to close my eyes, feel it and when I smell it, for a moment, I am home.

Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist

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Positive #1: Brian S.  Agreeing to adopt a special needs child is an undertaking not to be taken lightly.  It takes a special person to do that and that’s exactly what my friend Brian did.  I am very proud of what a great father he has been to Mariah and extremely grateful that he and his wife agreed to make me Godfather.  On this Father’s Day, I wanted to express my gratitude.
Positive #2:  Swap Meet.  I hadn’t been to a swap meet in years!  There were great bargains at every turn.  I bought a new cat carrier – and tablet as a gift.  The first thing I bought though was sunscreen!  ‘Really glad I did!  I still got a little sun but the weather was perfect.  It was also good to get out and walk.  
Positive #3: The Happiness Social yesterday.  I really enjoy “setting the table” for people to make new friends.  The folks who came to yesterday’s Happiness Social seemed especially full of willingness, openness with a healthy dose of humor.  It always does my heart good to see people laughing, smiling and engaged in good conversation – I guess because I know what an incredibly important part social connections is to the puzzle of Happiness….  I’m honored to be part of it.
Frank Clayton, The Happy Therapist
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Positive #1: The Jarvis Virus.  It would take a long time to explain this Ingress weapon but last night I truly took delight in using it.  It turns an enemy portal into a portal of your faction.  It allowed me to take over an important piece of the Resistance puzzle up on the east side.  I am grateful to the person that showed it to me and explained it to me.  Great fun.

Positive #2: Richard H.  Richard has become a regular at the Happiness Socials (which there is one tomorrow).  He has always been fully engaged in the activity and gushed with appreciation afterward.  He has sent me a thank you card after every Social and even sent my wife a birthday card!  I’m sure one of Richard’s top strengths is expressing gratitude. Richard’s enthusiasm and appreciation has truly brought me happiness and I appreciate him.

Positive #3: Car service for only $50!  I felt very relieved and grateful when I was able to spring my car from the car doctor for only $50!  they were able to identify a couple of minor issues and fix them quickly and easily.  I love getting those little things fixed because then when I remember “Oh yeah!  I can use the cigarette lighter to charge my phone now!” it’s a great feeling.  ‘Kinda like finding that $20 you left in your winter coat.


Frank Clayton, The Happy Therapist 

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Positive #1: Irresponsibility.  Occassionally giving myself permission to be irresponsible means I get to PLAY.  It means I get to do only what I want to do.  Today I exercised my right to irresponsibility by CHOOSING not to go to my peer supervision group.  This allowed me some down time, some play time and a chance to be (dare I say it?) RESPONSIBLE in other areas (mowed the lawn).  Right now I’m going to be irresponsible by

Positive #2: The sprinkler system is broken.  I appreciate this situation because it gives me an opportunity to exercise my problem-solving skills.  Because of this, I tidied up the area in and around the sprinkler box – so it looks nicer.  It gave me the opportunity to go up and down the stairs a few times, thus getting a little exercise.  I will get the chance to use my Angie’s List subscription to find someone to fix it.  Finally, I will have the chance to put bread on someone’s table by employing them to take care of it.  I also really appreciate that there are professionals I can contact that can easily do what I either will or cannot do.

Positive #3: Back-up drives.  I really appreciate the back-up drives I purchased to keep everything, well, backed-up.  It’s great having two of them in two different places, so I know that even if there was a fire, one of them would survive.  This gives me peace of mind.  It’s also an ideal place to store all my music after ripping virtually our entire music collection.  If needed, they are also easily transportable and easy to plug into someone else’s computer.


Frank Clayton, The Happy Therapist

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Positive #1 Ingress!  I have been thoroughly enjoying this game!  It gives me something to look forward to, I get opportunities to get our and walk and also see parts of Salt Lake and Utah that I’ve never seen before.  It also gives me a chance to help team mates (in the broad sense) but also team mates (in the more personal sense).  It’s an international game, so I feel like I am part of something much bigger.  It also gives me a chance to use strategy and helps to keep me sharp.  ‘Love it!  

Positive #2 Costco cake!  ‘Went to a one year old’s birthday party yesterday.  The host really went all out.  I was quite impressed.  The cake was from Costco.  It tasted absolutely amazing!  Moist and delicious.   I enjoyed it so much, I took a second piece and raved so much the host sent me home with more.  Knowing that there is delicious cake in the world gives me something to look forward to – and I have found that that always helps my happiness.

Positive #3: Positives.  I have gotten away from doing my positives and have really felt it.  I am very glad to be back to doing them.  I can already feel a boost in my mood.  I enjoy the opportunity to ask myself “What’s going RIGHT?”  I also enjoy sharing my positives with friends both on and off Facebook.  It gives us things to talk about and often they will share what is going right in their life as well.  I’ve also received feedback from strangers that reading my positives helps them to see what is going right in their own life.  That’s a lot of pay off for a few minutes a day!


Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist

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Next FREE class to begins Saturday April 26th, 2014

Happiness 101 works! – and we have the numbers to prove it!

Using scientifically validated instruments, students of Happiness 101 show a decrease in depression and increases in their happiness, optimism, belief that they can make a positive impact in their own life and self-esteem. The evidence is so compelling we are working toward getting published in the Journal of Positive Psychology!

Here are some testimonials from a recent class:

“Happiness 101 helped me cross the bridge between understanding that attitude change is possible to experience attitude change.”

“I feel much happier now that I have taken this course.”

“[The] Self-Esteem [portion of the class] was a HUGE eye opener for me and one of those moments in life where it is a light bulb moment.”

“I have looked myself in the mirror and found so many things that I have loved about myself that I didn’t know existed.”

“I appreciated discovering more of my negative thinking errors and taking more responsibility for them.”

“I have learned that I have always had happiness inside of me and I always knew what made me happy.”

“It was humorous, enlightening, challenging, and affirming.”

“REALLY appreciated learning about self-esteem!”

“I usually don’t do well with change but the knowledge. I have now gets me excited to move forward with a clear mind and I am ready to see what the future has in store for me.”

“Since starting this class I’ve learned so much about myself and how I can become happier.”

“I have really enjoyed this class. I have seen a change in me.”

The next Happiness 101 class will be held on Saturdays April 26th to June 14th from noon to 2pm. Click here to find out more about Happiness 101.

Frank Clayton, The Happy Therapist
Clinical Mental Health Counselor

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Mike and JanetSALT LAKE CITY — Four years ago I called my best friend, Michael. We’ve known each other since grade school and made a point to catch up at least once a month. When I asked how he was doing, he said “Same (stuff), different day.” He was at work. He told me about how he and his girlfriend, Janet, had gone out to dinner and thought how she might be “the one.”

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