The Happiness Advantage by Shawn AchorI am very, very picky about recommending books about happiness or positive psychology. At a minimum the books must be able to back up its claims with scientific evidence. Therefore my recommended reading list is only one page long. Not only did I add The Happiness Advantage to the list, but it bumped Barbara Fredrickson’s book Positivity out of the #2 slot, just behind the text we use in Happiness 101, The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky. In short, it is a fantastic book!

Though The Happiness Advantage is rife with scientifically backed information, Shawn Achor manages to present this information in fun, interesting ways. The seven principles he teaches in the book are easy to understand but even more importantly are easy to remember. Even before the last page was turned, I was using his techniques to improve my life. Let me put this into perspective for you: I am the Happy Therapist and have been teaching Happiness 101 for over three years and there was information in this book that I had never been exposed to and/or methods that had never been explained in such a direct, doable manner. I highly recommend The Happiness Advantage.

I will be referencing The Happiness Advantage a lot in the upcoming Happiness 101 class. I found that all seven principles could easily be woven into the class. The stories Achor uses to drive home his points are engaging, memorable and entertaining, making it a fun read. He is a great presenter as well. Click here to see his TED video. Whether via book, video or live presentation, I highly recommend you get a Happy, healthy dose of Shawn Achor any way you can get him.

~Frank Clayton, LPC

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‘Filled the last slot of Happiness 101 today with a person I feel really good about. I love finding someone who is really enthusiastic about the class and instead of saying they want to be in the class, they NEED to be in the class. After getting to know this person better, it felt so right. I just envision a truly great experience with this person and the whole class. Can’t wait. 😉

Frank Clayton LPC

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I am really grateful to my wife, who, without hesitation or question, gave me a ride when I unexpectedly needed it. I don’t think these things should be taken for granted. If I would have been upset or inconvenienced, why can’t I appreciate her for doing both the big things and the small things. Not taking one another for granted is the stuff of a HAPPY marriage! Today, I appreciate my wife, Debbi for being an amazing, dependable life-long partner.

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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While listening to Shawn Achor’s book, the Happiness Advantage I learned that when we become happier it can effect up to 1,000 people – that is three degrees of separation – our friends, our friend’s friends and our friend’s friend’s friends. Since I have taught Happiness 101 to at least 100 people, potentially I have brightened the lives of over 100,000 people! And people wonder why I don’t charge for the class! Honestly! What more reward could one possibly ask for? Today I am grateful for the contagious nature of Happiness.

Frank Clayton LPC

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This is in my arsenal of coping skills. Whenever I am blue (and yes this does happen) my wife tells me the Big Mouthed Frog Joke. I love telling it. I love hearing it and it is wonderful to have a… joke that is sure to turn my disposition around. I fished around on YouTube and this is the best version I found. I hope you enjoy it and if you have any (clean) jokes you’d like to share, please do. Laughter is good for the soul and an important ingredient of Happiness.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNG32h_nLJo&feature=related

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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I wept when I watched this video. It is an amazing reminder about never letting obstacles keep you from doing what you want to do. I am thankful that Nick Vujicic reminds us – just keep getting up. For as many times as you fall, just keep getting up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ46Ot4_lLo&feature=related

Frank Clayton LPC

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I played guitar all through high school but my guitar collected dust into last year when a friend got me back into it. (Re)Learning guitar in the 21st century is an amazing experience. YouTube provides many guitar tutorials and if that doesn’t get it, Ultimate-Guitar.com provides step-by-step in a number of different formats including lead, rhythm and bass. They also offer it in tab and music forms. Incredible. Today I express thanks to Ultimate-guitar.com for rekindling my passion for guitar – all for free!

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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