Positive 1

Thankful I had enough flashlights and batteries to carry me through the outage last night

Positive 2

My mother and I saw these clouds , 2 perfectly shaped hands ready to grasp each other. I actually stopped the car and we watched for a moment . It was like something you would see in a movie about god or angels . Beautiful

Positive 3

Works going well but I can sure use this 3 day weekend so glad I don’t have to get up early Friday .

By: Kathie

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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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I love looking through the Sharper Image Catalog.  It reminds me of what an amazing world we live in.  The gadgets literally drop my jaw at times.  They make me want stuff I didn’t even know existed.  In this moment, I appreciate the imagination-expanding contents of the Sharper Image Catalog.


Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist

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