Happiness 101 We are very excited to be on the lookout for a new member of the Happiness 101 team!   Before the next semester of Happiness 101 is scheduled, we need a Teaching Assistant.   The primary job of the Teaching Assistant is to ensure that students are following through on their home work and to help put together the report cards.


  • Has never been a client and never intends to be a client.
  • Competent with Facebook and E-mail.  Excel experience preferred.
  • Happiness 101 graduate (preferred but not required).
  • Reliable and good follow-up skills.

This is a volunteer position.  If you are interested, please E-mail me as soon as possible.  frank@saltlakementalhealth.com

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Smiling dogPositive #1: Smiling dog.  Every time I look at this little dog, I smile.  Why?  Because it looks like he is smiling at me!  He is so cute and always enthusiastic (aka: Happy!).  A happy dog makes for a great companion in good times and in times of struggle.

Positive #2: Google photo sharing.  I am very impressed with this feature in Google that automatically saves pictures taken on my phone to the cloud.  I took the above picture and then thought about getting the wires to hook it to my computer.  Then I remembered this feature, went to the site and there they were.  Incredible.

Positive #3: Ingress’ in game ability to communicate.  There’s a really cleaver feature within the Ingress game that allows me to communicate with anyone playing the game at whatever level I choose (5k, 10k, 20k, etc. etc up to GLOBALLY).  It also allows me to talk privately to my team, allowing us to coordinate game play.  Case-in-point – looks like a team mate needs help in Lehi.  I’m off!


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Positive Psychology giant, Dan Gilbert advises in his book, Stumbling On Happiness, that when when one is unsure of what to choose, one should call for reinforcements; advice from others! There are SO many amazing lectures to attend at the upcoming International Positive Psychology Association’s 3rd World Congress, I’m not sure which ones to pick! So, I am inviting YOU to look over the schedule and make your suggestions. Of course if I go to the lecture you suggest, I will be talking about it at the upcoming Cutting Edge of Happiness talk (Saturday, July 8th, 9am to 1pm – click here for more info). Just look over the program in these following three pictures and leave your comments below – or you can also E-mail me at frank@saltlakementalhealth.com

IPPA Friday


IPPA Saturday









Thanks for all your help!


Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist

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What an amazing movie! It was inspiring on so many levels. A tremendous team effort all the way around. I definitely got choked up a couple of times. It is based on a true story in which people came together to save a dolphin with an amputated tail. The dolphin turned out to be a place for amputees to bond and heal. Here’s the link to see Winter at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.    www.seewinter.com/

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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Team OpportunityTeam Building Opportunity!  Perfect for couples, families, teams and individuals looking to improve their ability to communicate, collaborate, bring cohesiveness and work within their trust parameters to become more than the sum of their parts.  This will run from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, August 22nd.  Discounts are available for groups of four or more.

Individually cost is $90 per person.  Registration and payment is due no later than July 28th.  10% discount is given when payment is received on or before July 21st.

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