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A spectacular sight seeing the sun illuminating the mountains this evening.

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Back to exercise after a 2 week unintentional break, and the regular teacher was back after an illness so it was a nice class.

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I am so glad the past week is behind me and still deep in gratitude for all that helped me. And so thankful this and several other chores are done.

By: Kathie

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Think I am getting whatever everyone has so I am very thankful tonight for the inexpensive new vaporizer and steam it is producing so I can breathe better.

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I am so glad I can laugh at myself. Rather than scold my self for doing something dumb I just laugh and let it go.

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Less than a month till my noncompete contract is up, can’t wait.

 

By: Kathie

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I may be wrong but hearing my mom has the flu too gave me hope like it is something she can get over so I guess a little hope is better than none.

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I had a good time with my nephew at the aquarium. So good to see him doing so well with his treatment. And he has such a great attitude about his illness. The people there were great to answer all his questions.

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One of my sweet friends came to give me a hug and spend a little time. It really helped to lift my spirits. Yes sometimes I need a hug.

By: Kathie

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Positive Psychology giant, Dan Gilbert advises in his book, Stumbling On Happiness, that when when one is unsure of what to choose, one should call for reinforcements; advice from others! There are SO many amazing lectures to attend at the upcoming International Positive Psychology Association’s 3rd World Congress, I’m not sure which ones to pick! So, I am inviting YOU to look over the schedule and make your suggestions. Of course if I go to the lecture you suggest, I will be talking about it at the upcoming Cutting Edge of Happiness talk (Saturday, July 8th, 9am to 1pm – click here for more info). Just look over the program in these following three pictures and leave your comments below – or you can also E-mail me at frank@saltlakementalhealth.com

IPPA Friday

 

IPPA Saturday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for all your help!

 

Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist

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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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Saw the Mayor Peter Corroon today. He was at the open house for Optum Healthcare, the country and NAMI. One big happy family to help people struggling with mental illness in the Salt Lake valley.

 

Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist

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Thursday I got sick. It hit hard and fast and I felt awful. In making positivity my practice, I learned that my experience of the cold was very different than any I had experienced in the past. For one: I did not complain. That is not to say that I did not tell my wife of my symptoms – I did. But I did not keep telling her my symptoms over and over. I didn’t moan either. In fact, to myself, I quietly repeated the positive affirmation “I am healthy.” The other deviation was that I was pleasant to be around. Traditionally I have given myself permission to be quite grumpy in the past, justifying my behavior with my illness. I guess I must be doing a good job of rewiring my brain for Happiness because this notion actually seemed strange to me in my current mindset. The other thing I did right was something I have done right in the past: I also asked for what I wanted. Specifically, medicine, aspirin and a sherbert float with 7up. I also asked her to take my temperature (101). I had heard about this nasty bug going around. The rumor was that it hits hard and fast and vanishes in about 24 hours. Mine lasted about 18. Did positivity help to cure me faster? I can only speculate. I can tell you that having a more positive attitude during my illness did, at least emotionally, made me feel better. It’s amazing how once positivity has seeped down into your way of life it effects how you deal with everything: big and small, good and bad, health and sickness.

~Frank Clayton, Licensed Professional Counselor

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