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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Frequently when people are asked what would they like to do if they had more time and money, they frequently respond: “Travel”. So imagine that it is neither time nor money that is restricting you from travel but it is your physical body. A good friend of mine had heart surgery just over one year ago. He could travel in a car but had to sit in a seat that did not have an airbag – which meant sitting in the back. And until recently he was not allowed to fly. Tomorrow he is getting on a big fat jet to travel to the other side of the country. Today, I pause and give thanks that I have the physical capability to travel.

~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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Let me first say, that I am NOT a doctor or dietician. I am a mental health therapist, specializing in Happiness. This past week I did some research to find out how food and exercise effect our happiness. There is a LOT of information out there! I’ve always thought of eating right and exercise as vehicles to lose a few pounds and stay physically healthy, but in my research it seemed like a case of the more I learned, the less I (previously) knew.

If you are like me, your eyes glaze over and voices metamorphasize into the voices of adults on the Peanuts cartoons when someone starts telling me about eating right and exercising. So, I’m going to give you the extremely abbreviated version first. Then if you want more, read on. But the crux of the research is that most of the American diet is prone toward depression. As for exercise, it is THE number one happiness booster and can be a major force in fighting depression and being happier. So, eating better and exercise are not just about looking more fit – it’s about feeling better not just physically, but emotionally!

Over the next week, I will write two articles that will explain in more detail the foods that will make you happier but also the exercise that will do likewise (and no, not all exercise releases the “happy chemicals”.

Frank Clayton
Licensed Professional Counselor.

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