A very special friend started seeing Frank after a traumatic and life changing injury. She was severly damaged physically and mentally. She has had to endure multiple surgeries and other medical proceedures. She will be permanently disabled in some areas. Her life has changed forever. The pain, frustration, disappointment and depression are a daily battle.
Frank Clayton is helping her deal with and accept her new life and limits. Frank is a gifted therapist. His skills plus his caring and compassionate manner have saved my friend’s life. He has always supported her and she has come to trust him completely. Her life is better and she is more capable and happy because of Frank.
Positive #2: Cesar Millan – The Dog Whisperer. Today we watched a Dog Whisperer marathon. Lots of gems. Of a dog with a bum leg, he said that a dog does not feel the pain of a handicap from a physical disability. Their disability is mental and caused but when you don’t allow the dog to be a dog. The other interesting thing was that there was usually nothing “wrong” with the dog but with the owners behavior or misinterpretation. Very interesting.
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.
I am really glad the comments on my KSL article, The Last Acceptable Stigma were warm and accepting, appreciating my shedding a light on the issue of the stigma against people struggling with a mental illness.
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
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