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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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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I am grateful for having more than enough applicants for the June semester of Happiness 101. Without going into detail, this simplifies my life and gives me more time for fun!

Frank Clayton LPC

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First of all, if that vertebrae were to disappear, I would be an inch shorter and probably fold like a lawn chair. Thus bone in my spine us strong and does a good job of supporting the vertebrae around it (especially important for me). Today I focus on the healthy parts of my body and offer thanks to my 4th lumbar vertebrae.

Frank Clayton LPC

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Positive #3: Lynn Johnson. There are very few people in Salt Lake that speak the language of Positive Psychology. One of them is Lynn Johnson. He goes about the country teaching mental health professionals about Positive Psychology. Yesterday we had breakfast together. We shared things we have learned recently, so we both learned something. He strongly encouraged me write up a report that proves (with scientific measurements) the effectiveness of Happiness 101 and submit it to the Positive Psychology community for publication. He stressed the importance of contributions not just made by academics but people like he and I that can offer a report from the front lines (so to speak). An amazing prospect and one I had never before considered. Honestly, more than anything, it was just nice to spend quality time with someone who gets it. Today I am thankful to have spent one-on-one time with Lynn Johnson.

Frank Clayton LPC

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Today my wife took to task a woman in the grocery store parking lot who told her husband that he didn’t matter. The angrier she got, the more love I had for her indignation. She reminded me of one of those heroes on “What Would You Do”. Debbi Macfarlane-Clayton, you seriously rock.

Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist

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The nice custodian at University of Utah’s Union building. He was SO nice! He offered to help me set up and then when we realized we were in the wrong room (see Positive #1) he personally escorted me to the other side of the (large) building and made sure I was in the right place. He even carried some things! It made a big difference 🙂

Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist

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The audience at the University of Utah’s talk was awesome! They played along SO well with my antics and kept it fun. When I said “Choice” they came back with “Choice! Choice! Choice!” consistently. They also had fun with my “Happiness Zone”. The audience makes all the difference and made it look easy. Thank you!

Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist

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Lisa Cypers Kamen‘s screening of The H-Factor. I really enjoyed seeing the documentary again but the Q&A following was really something special. Lisa commented afterward how she really enjoyed the crowd at the screening and the wonderful discussion. It is such an honor to be working with such a professional.

Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist

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I associate my grandfather with the smell of a pipe. It was warm and rustic. There was something comforting about it. I didn’t know him very well which made him kind of this mysterious, powerful figure in far off land called Michigan. This made me really appreciate the few times I did get to see him.

Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist

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