It is wonderful to see the positives, likes and comments fly among students of Happiness 101. It reminds me of the positive psychology axiom “What you appreciate, appreciates.” The positive energy is whipping into an upward spiral promising to sweep up the entire class. This is what it’s all about. It’s amazing to be part of it. It makes me wonder if this is what it’s like at the beginning, imagine how it’ll be at the end of class!

Frank Clayton LPC

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It truly made me smile when I saw that 40 people have RSVPd “yes” to the Happiness Social on Monday. I truly feel honored. We have a lot of fun at the ‘Socials. I always feel like I am among friends while there. Plus I get …to make up fun and interesting activities and people actually DO them! Finally, I always especially look forward to Happiness Socials just before a class. Inevitably, past students tell the new students what they’re in for. It’s always a great experience.

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Frank Clayton LPC

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All the students have been chosen for Happiness 101, the Golden Ticket E-mail has been sent, the Facebook group page has been created for them AND rockstar Lindsay has agreed to be the Teacher’s Assistant – all three weeks early! Whoo hoo! Yeah me! I am very proud of myself for getting on it early. Oh! I also got the syllabus updated. That’s it. I rock. 😉

Frank Clayton LPC

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This song moves me every time I hear it. And I don’t play it lightly. I only play this song when I am ready to rekindle my life. When I heard it this past weekend I realized it is the …perfect song to begin a new semester of Happiness 101 – because new students truly are at a crossroad and ready to begin a new, happier life. Bring it on. http://216.169.248.35/music/download-songs/pop-adult-contemporary-76705-everything-new

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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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 feel very grateful for Allen, the Teacher’s Assistant for the new semester of Happiness 101, which began tonight. Allen has been one of the, what I call, “the Core Five” – which means he was one of five people who showed up and continued to show up for Happiness 101 in 2009 and 2010. These five people made up the core of Happiness 101 and kept it’s heart beating through those early years. Happiness 101 would very likely not exist were it not for Allen and the other four die-hard students. Allen has used what he learned from class and changed his life. People have looked to him and inquired about his Happiness. He freely attributes his Happy shift to Happiness 101 and has probably been the greatest single source of bringing in new students. Allen has an enthusiasm that is infectious and a willingness to give that is admirable. I feel very lucky to have him.

Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist

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I am so glad I took the time to prep for tonight’s Happiness 101 class. I feel calm and ready to great 10 new students. I feel grateful to Lynn Johnson, whose training on February 25th taught me even more and gave me new material to present. I love teaching Happiness 101. In this moment, I feel like a kid on Christmas morning 🙂

Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist

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