Positive 1

I was able to find something for a client after going to many stores and they really appreciated it. Nice to have appreciation.

Positive 2

I am not a Christmas person and this season has been so easy on me I feel so free of the weight of the season.  I am very happy not to have any strings of attachment to this holiday.

Positive 3

I bought the softest blanket at Costco. I love soft warm bedding can’t wait to have it on my bed! It is soothing to reach out and feel something so soft and good bedding is imperative to my sleep.

By: Kathie

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Positive #3: Saying “no” more easily. I used to have a real problem saying “no”. I felt that it was my responsibility to “make” other people feel happy. This past week I have said “no” a lot and I realized that all this Positive Psychology stuff has really changed me. Now I feel an appropriate amount of angst about saying “no”. I can empathize as to why the other person is upset or disappointed but I don’t feel the urge to rescue any more. Instead, I know the other person is strong enough to withstand the disappointment and that they will endure – just as we all do. I think part of this lesson was realizing from my experiences in the past and just how much more pain is caused by NOT saying “no”. I would much rather endure five minutes of discomfort than days, weeks, months or even years of regret of not using that short but powerful word, “no”. Today I recognize the importance of saying “no” as a life skill and that sometimes when saying “no” to someone else, I am saying “yes” to myself.

Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist

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Positive #2: Hushmail. Confidentiality is VERY important and so we use Hushmail which automatically encrypts E-mails making them HIPAA compliant. It gives great peace of mind to know that we can communicate in a way that will honor the privacy of everyone involved. Today, I appreciate Hushmail.

Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist

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Positive #1: Root Beer. I have loved Root Beer for as long as I can remember. I even remember my mother trying to explain to me as a boy that “Dad’s Root Beer” was a brand name and not necessarily that the root beer belonged to dad and that he wasn’t going to share. It’s sweet. It’s fizzy and it’s my all time favorite carbonated drink. I don’t usually like ANY diet sodas but for some reason A&W doesn’t leave that “diet” after taste. Today, I pause to appreciate my long-time friend, Root Beer.

Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist

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Positive #3: Lenience with myself and my positives. There’s a lot going on right now and I realized when I thought of doing my positives, I realized that I could feel more joyful about it. So, I practiced what I preached and realize I could be a little more brief – being a little more patient and lenient with myself.

Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist

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Positive #2: Dominion game night! Friends are coming over specifically to play my favorite game and pair it with one of my other favorite past times – eating! Great company, food and my favorite game – what could be sweeter?!

Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist

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Positive #1: The fall colors. It’s beautiful outside! Yellows… Oranges… and of course still some green. Today I pause to appreciate the beauty of the season and its signal that cooler temperatures are on the way.

Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist

 

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I always look forward to a new semester, particularly the first night of class. I have found that teaching fresh faces really feeds me. This is a wonderful class. They are already showing so much promise. I am looking forward to watching their smiles bigger.

~Frank Clayton LPC

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