Every year the University of Utah’s School on Alcohol and Drugs puts on a week-long conference. I spoke there last year at one of their break-out sessions and got invited back. I have found that in addition to writing, speaking is great fun. It breaks up the day-to-day routine nicely and always challenges me to keep my skills sharp. Thanks to Pamela Higgins for being instrumental in bringing me back.

Frank Clayton LPC

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This class is truly chock-full of outstanding people. They are engaged and enthusiastic. They stayed after! As I listened to their stories tonight, I know in my heart what’s coming for them; that their lives are about to get better, that coping skills will be learned, self-esteem will be healed and happiness will improve. Several students said they felt like they’d won the lottery by being accepted into the class. While I get it, I still feel like the most fortunate one in the room, for I get the privilege of teaching Happiness 101.

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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