Positive 1

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.

Positive 2

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.

Positive 3

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 1

I am so glad I can cook, I have a dinner cooking I can’t wait to eat.

Positive 2

Carrots, one of my favorite foods tonight. I blended them with dill and will use them on top of my baked polenta. They are pretty, sweet and healthy.

Positive 3

I am listening to book on something that is very enlightening , I don’t know if I can ever learn enough.

By: Kathie

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Wow! I am discovering some of the amazingly cool stuff you can pull off when you have an electric guitar. Yes, you can play You Really Got Me on an acoustic, but it’s just not the same experience at all. Between tutorials on YouTube and www.ultimateguitar.com, I am having a blast learning new songs. The looper also frees me up to lay down some rhythm and riff over the top of it. The sky’s the limit. I’m having SO much fun!

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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“29” years ago today, the most important person in my life was born. She is amazing! She can be child-like but also the most mature, competent and innovative person I know. She is a down-to-earth country girl but also a world traveler and thinks globally. She sees the best in people and acts accordingly. She has a voracious appetite for learning and she doesn’t limit herself to any particular area. She is the happiest person I know and an inspiration to everyone who has the privilege to know her. Happy Birthday, my love.

Frank Clayton LPC

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Report from IPPA Conference, Day 2

Day two of the 2nd Congress of the International Positive Psychology Association was simply amazing.  I learned SO much!  At one point I laughed to my friend “Teacher!  My brain is full!”  Here’s a report of the day’s events:

It began with Ed Deci speaking about self-determination and its relationship to positive psychology – in other words: the self-fulfilling prophecy.  He showed scientific proof that believing that you are doomed and things will never get better can actually bring that about.  Using a simple analogy (of my own), if one is drowning and they really don’t think anyone will come to rescue them, they can behave based on this belief by not paddling and dying before help could arrive.  But Deci really wowed the crowd when he reported that studies repeatedly proved that external rewards kill off intrinsic motivation.  For instance, when we try to control our children either by giving them a reward for doing well (the carrot) or punishing them when they do not do well (the stick), we inadvertently are hindering our child’s innate love of learning!  You can bet I will be blogging more about this. Continue reading Report from IPPA Conference, Day 2

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Click here to check out Lifelong Learning

Tonight I went to my new teacher orientation at the University of Utah’s Lifelong Learning program. I am VERY excited. It was great to meet the other teachers, who will be teaching a wide variety of classes including how to live green practically, private investigation (for non-professionals), aerial dancing, familial storytelling and flower arrangements. I will be teaching Help Yourself to Happiness. It will be an intense six week class beginning September 21st. To register, click here.

Oh, I also found out that as a teacher in the program, I can attend classes FREE! I am SO excited! My only “problem” will be figuring out which classes to take 🙂

~Frank Clayton, Licensed Professional Counselor

Studies have shown that writing five positives per day can decrease depression. This is one of them. This is just one of the tidbits from (the free class), Happiness 101. For more positives, click here..

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