It was just posted today and I was thrilled that I was able to start my day with such a powerful Happiness Boost! She scientifically proves how, with just a little effort, you can be happier and live as much as 10 years longer! She also talks about how games can reduce death-bed regret and turn adversity into Post Traumatic GROWTH. My wife, Debbi was so impressed that she had tears in her eyes, said her life just changed for the better and committed to play this video at the beginning of each class. I am going to play it tonight at the Happiness Social. I’m so excited!

Frank Clayton LPC

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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 looked into Second Life a few years ago. According to this TED video, it continues to grow. I have looked at several YouTube videos as well. People can actually create things in Second Life and then sell them for real money. I saw one YouTube video that they are helping people to cure social anxiety with Second Life. I think there are a lot of possibilities and evidently the possibilities are growing by the day. They evidently are teaching classes there as well. Happiness 101 comes to Second Life? I suppose anything is possible – in Second Life.

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/the_inspiration_of_second_life.html

Frank Clayton LPC

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This is a boy with no arms and no legs. I showed a video of his amazing story last night in Happiness 101. It us hard to look upon Gabe doing what everyone else can do (including write, swim and pour his own milk) and say the words “I can’t” with a straight face. He serves as a fine example of what’s possible. I also want to acknowledge Gabe’s parents. It would have been easy for them to baby him and he would have sunk to their expectations. Amazing!

Frank Clayton LPC

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My wife and I have been having fun playing the Legos Pirates of the Carribean video game. It took a lot of team work and effort but we finally acquired Black Beard. Now we’ll be able to go back through the game able to gain access to parts previously inaccessible.

 

Frank~The Happy Therapist

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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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JJ Abrams on Ted. There have been times that I have looked at a blank piece of paper with such awe. An unblemished piece of paper has infinite possibilities. After watching this video, I feel that JJ Abrams gets that. I’ve loved his stuff since Alias. Now I like him even more.

Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist

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