Next FREE class to begins Saturday April 26th, 2014

Happiness 101 works! – and we have the numbers to prove it!

Using scientifically validated instruments, students of Happiness 101 show a decrease in depression and increases in their happiness, optimism, belief that they can make a positive impact in their own life and self-esteem. The evidence is so compelling we are working toward getting published in the Journal of Positive Psychology!

Here are some testimonials from a recent class:

“Happiness 101 helped me cross the bridge between understanding that attitude change is possible to experience attitude change.”

“I feel much happier now that I have taken this course.”

“[The] Self-Esteem [portion of the class] was a HUGE eye opener for me and one of those moments in life where it is a light bulb moment.”

“I have looked myself in the mirror and found so many things that I have loved about myself that I didn’t know existed.”

“I appreciated discovering more of my negative thinking errors and taking more responsibility for them.”

“I have learned that I have always had happiness inside of me and I always knew what made me happy.”

“It was humorous, enlightening, challenging, and affirming.”

“REALLY appreciated learning about self-esteem!”

“I usually don’t do well with change but the knowledge. I have now gets me excited to move forward with a clear mind and I am ready to see what the future has in store for me.”

“Since starting this class I’ve learned so much about myself and how I can become happier.”

“I have really enjoyed this class. I have seen a change in me.”

The next Happiness 101 class will be held on Saturdays April 26th to June 14th from noon to 2pm. Click here to find out more about Happiness 101.

Frank Clayton, The Happy Therapist
Clinical Mental Health Counselor

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One of the things I love about being the Happy Therapist is that when people find things related to Happiness, they think of me and they share them with me. Case in point, one of my rockstar students from Happiness 101, Valeri Hardy Lewman brought this video to my attention. It shows one of my favorite new authors, Shawn Achor, explaining The Tetris Effect . I want to point out that we can train our brain to automatically seek out either positive or negative – which will you choose?

Frank Clayton LPC

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I am glad that today I do not have cancer. I am grateful that I need not make frequent doctor appointments and lose my hair. I am glad it does not bring me chronic pain. Today I am glad that I nor my family need worry about that.

Frank Clayton LPC

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Knowing that one day I will die drives me to make the most of every day. It creates a sense of urgency to soak it all in and enjoy it – in other words Carpe Diem or Seize the Day. I have also thought of the best way to die and whether I want to conscious at the moment of death. It is, after all (except for a few people) a once in a lifetime opportunity. Today I express gratitude to my eventual death for it helps me to appreciate this beautiful day.

Frank Clayton LPC

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It has always amazed me that for mere pennies one can write to someone on the other side of the world – and compared to how far it has to travel the mail system somehow (almost seemingly by magic) gets it there in a timely manner. I remember when I was 18 years old and very far away from home, mail seemed to be the one life-line I could hold onto and always giving me something to look forward to. Today I pause and give thanks for the mail service.

Frank Clayton LPC

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Yesterday, shortly before my first appointment, I realized my phone was missing. Three possibilities: car, book store or the dumpster. Long story short, it was in a bag in the dumpster. Instead of feeling frustrated for losing it in the first place, I felt grateful and relieved and found myself listing the many reasons I was thankful. Today I am glad I found my phone fast but am also glad to be past the tipping point of happiness, making it easy to rebound.

Frank Clayton LPC

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I wept when I watched this video. It is an amazing reminder about never letting obstacles keep you from doing what you want to do. I am thankful that Nick Vujicic reminds us – just keep getting up. For as many times as you fall, just keep getting up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ46Ot4_lLo&feature=related

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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Many do not have warm blankets in which to snuggle. Some don’t even have a bed. I have both! The blankets are thick, soft, warm, comforting and colorful. Without blankets, I would not sleep nearly as well, which would ill effect my quality of life. Right now I am thankful for my blankets.

Frank Clayton LPC

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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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