It felt great to connect and catch up. Perhaps due to the time limit we made the most use of the time. For instance, instead of me waiting in line by myself, he waited with me so we could talk. Instead of me walking the 5 minutes to my car by myself, he walked with me and I gave him a ride back to his car, milking as much time as possible. Time with my friend helps me to keep things in perspective, makes life more enjoyable and offers much needed support. Friends make life much happier.

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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At one point in my life, I lived in apartments with neighbors below me.  Out of courtesy I walked softly.  Today I live in a house.  I walk more naturally now – which is a lot louder.  Sometimes I even stomp deliberately – just because I can!  As the sound shakes the house, my heart fills with gratitude that we own our own home, where we have the right and privacy to stomp whenever we choose.

Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist

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