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Guest blogger:

Melanie Galioto
Founder of Your Smile Yoga

Guess what today is?? Exercise!
Love it or hate it, exercise has so many positive health benefits.  We use exercise to release pent up energy, maintain a healthy weight, to help us lose weight, and it’s good for improving your mood and memory, too!
Here are a few ways that Exercise can make you a Happier person:
1. It increases dopamine in your brain.
    Dopamine is one of the feel good chemicals in your brain.  Exercise is one of the best ways to increase dopamine production (just like laughter!).
2. It helps to reduce anxiety and depression.
    Again, exercise helps to release the feel good chemicals as well as increase the production of them.
3. It helps to reduce stress.
    Check this out…exercise is a form of stress, a low-level variety.  The more you expose your body to this type of low-level stressor, the more you are to better handle others types of stress.
4. It helps to build your self-confidence.
    There’s nothing like a great workout to boost your self-confidence! Your feeling great and you are proud of your accomplishment – AS YOU SHOULD BE!! YES!
5. It helps you get better sleep.
    As you remember, sleep is the fist component of SMILE.  Good quantity AND quality sleep matters. Exercise helps you get those much needed zzzzz’s.
6. Helps with coping skills.
    When life throws you the inevitable curveball (it does and it will, believe me!) exercise can help you cope with the intense emotions.  It is a great go to help you cope, release the pent up energy, and helps to keep you away from drugs or alcohol.
7. It increases your brain cells!
    Yep, getting some good cardio into your exercise routine has been shown to increase brain cells which helps to improve it’s overall performance.
Exercise can take on a variety of forms.  Try several and see what is best for you.  Because, the more you like it, the more likely you are going to do it!
Try Some of These:
1.  Yoga – yoga has so many styles, there is sure to be one that will mesh with you. Hatha, Hot, Kundalini, Warrior, Yin, Vinyasa, Acro, SUP, and oh, so many more! Did you know that I LOVE yoga?
2.  Zumba – dance and sweat and dance!
3.  Dance – Not a Zumba fan? Try taking some dance lessons 🙂 We are HUGE Dancing with the Stars fans and I am determined to take some salsa lessons! What style of dance would you like to try?
5.  Barre – tiny micro-movements along with cardio for a full body workout.  INTENSE!
6. Martial Arts – learn something new and self-defense, too.
7. Walking – perhaps the best and easiest of all. Just grab your shoes and go.  No gym or studio membership needed. PLUS, it gets you outdoors which in and of itself is good for you and your mood.
Really, the list can go on and on. Be creative, find a workout buddy, get your body moving and get yourself feeling (and looking) GREAT! Exercise helps to boost your self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence too. Remember to love your body because it really does love you 🙂
I hope you have enjoyed these past 5 days of learning how important it is to SMILE! You really do need to incorporate these 5 things into your routine to make you successful at life!
Keep moving!
Namaste my friend,
P.S. Do you have a friend that could use some of these helpful tips? Have them sign up for the webinar over at  How to Self-Care When You Don’t Care.
P.P.S. Be sure to open tomorrow’s email…
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The reviews: what did you enjoy about Danny Pettry’s presentation on positive psychology?


Thirty-six (36) people have already completed an evaluation.

I’d like to put the positive comments on a fancy info-graphic chart.

I’m not sure how to do that – so here are the comments about what people liked about this training:

So quick and easy
Jokes, interactions, ideas how to use at your job, referencing books etc
Love being refreshed on these topics
I liked the interactive questions
I enjoyed the interactive aspect of the session with the individuals tuning in and how their responses were read out loud for the group. Thank you for the research and the wonderful information that you gathered!
I am always glad to learn regarding psych. I have been in the field for many years.
I enjoyed learning about different strategies on implementing positive psychology
How he related the concept to Therapeutic Recreation so easily.
i liked being interactive. I enjoy the pillars that were talked about I may turn that into a group somehow!
I enjoyed the cartoons with the slides.. they were pretty funny
The concept of positive psychology
gave some great ideas for group tasks and discussions
Nice to tie in EBP for the research. I like the activity suggestions
I enjoyed the whole session. I do not know much about Positive Psychology so this was very informative and gave me ideas for programming.
Very informative
I LOVE that you made the webinar interactive! Thank you, also, for providing activity ideas for applying positive psychology to RT practice–I especially liked the balance wheel idea! The hour flew by and I really enjoyed the webinar.
I loved it a lot. Good, useful, helpful information.
The humor throughout the webinar and the large amount of information.
The fun activity ideas that were presented.
How rec. Therapists can implement positive psychology with groups
I enjoyed the activity ideas as well as the subject on psychology
love the topic of positive psychology
I liked that it was positive, funny and interactive
the humor pictures
he had some great ideas I can implement in my programs at work
Ideas to use with clients
I love Psychology and love hearing about the research supporting positive psychology.
All of it!
Interesting information
I really enjoyed all the new group ideas I got from watching!!

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Positive Psychology Secrets – analytics


I presented on positive psychology tonight through my webinar series.

Here are the analytics of the webinar.

  • 209 people clicked on the registration page.
  • 134 people registered for the training webinar.
  • 72 people attended this webinar out of the 134 who registered.

Naturally, there will be a limited time replay for the people who didn’t see the live training.

  • The average time a person was in the session was 59 minutes.
  • Average attentiveness for session was at 78%
  • Average interest rate was at 85%


Activity idea for positive thinking

I follow Seth Godin.

I read 100% of his material.

I agree with him about 97% of the time. Once I didn’t agree with him on something – but ya’ know what – it was such a little thing I disagreed on that I don’t even recall what it was at this time.

We, recreational therapists teach positive thinking, building on strengths, becoming successful.

Seth Godin had a really neat activity called, “make two lists.”

I believe Godn’s two list activity could be used as an excellent intervention by recreational therapists.

Check it out here: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2017/06/make-two-lists.html 

World’s Best Friend – Pet Rainbow


Meet The World’s Best Friend…Pet Rainbow

A plush toy on a mission to unite a divided world.

JUNE 15TH, 2017: Today, Alyssa Pulice, Creative Director, announces the launch of The Pet Rainbow Project. The goal of The Pet Rainbow Project is to teach core values that inspire positive behaviors so that together we can put an end to racism, bullying, violence and hate crimes.

“Pet Rainbow is a soft touch that we need in our divided world. It’s time that we accept our differences and promote a message of unity” said Alyssa Pulice, Creative Director for the Pet Rainbow Project.

By associating the rainbow’s colors with core values, Pet Rainbow brings to light a fun and engaging way that not only promotes our positive behaviors today, it helps create the positive leaders of tomorrow.

Pet Rainbow comes complete with a Core Values Booklet, seven Value Crayons, Pet Rainbow Stickers, an official Certificate of Adoption as well as a charming Pet Rainbow house that may be colored to match the personality of the owner’s very own Pet Rainbow.

One Smile is all it Takes to Make a World of Difference

The Pet Rainbow Project is dedicated to giving a percentage of its profit to gifting Pet Rainbows to Children’s Hospitals throughout the world.

In our Kickstarter campaign, we also make it possible for backers to gift Pet Rainbows to Children’s Hospitals of their choice.

We have already contacted top Children’s Hospitals throughout the USA and Canada and they cannot wait to share Pet Rainbow’s uplifting message with their children.

Pet Rainbow is available for preorder on Kickstarter starting at $15 for the complete Pet Rainbow package.

Meet the World’s Best Friend – Pet Rainbow, via @Kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/145308484/meet-the-worlds-best-friend-pet-rainbow

What did you enjoy about Danny Pettry’s business secrets webinar?

We asked participants to share what they enjoyed about my (Danny Pettry’s) training on starting a private practice in rec therapy.


Here are some of the answers that we already received:


simplifies a big idea making less intimidating to get started
your honesty
Information on setting goals.
I loved the ideas and I learned many new things (and common sense) about starting your own business.
He provided information on how to start thinking about starting a business. And heard some people who had the same ideas as I had with a need in a community
Danny is very knowledgeable!!!!! Thanks!!!
Yes it was very informative. I enjoyed it. Would you do an online workshop for the TR club of WSSU.
I enjoyed learning about the steps of starting your own practice
The examples were really nice to get your mind into the different scenarios, like the coffee example
It was nice to see I can expand the TR field into my own practice
I appreciated the tips on consulting ideas and resources for additional information.
information on the steps to start a business
Very thorough information, liked the inside stories and analogies…Zane and the pizza business. Also enjoyed the secrets of business. Very enjoyable and applicable.
Learning about how to start a private practice
I enjoyed that it was very informative and he gave many examples.
Very interesting
I think that the power point was helpful and the information on just having a starting point. It’s nice to hear ideas and strategies.
Questions at the end were helpful How to get started in general was very helpful and interesting.
It was all new information for me.
Informative in areas I had no idea where to look or begin if I wanted to. The bonus areas are nice too I like how you relate/compare the topic to real experiences and businesses
Very much, I got a lot of ideas
I enjoyed how you encouraged people to pursue their business dreams. I like how you told people to dream big!
I appreciate the fact you see the value in RT/TR across the discipline service arenas. It’s often difficult to validate community based TR to those who have only ever served in inpatient/acute settings.
Very informative, thank you. It was however, a lot of information so I’m looking forward to getting the play back so I can follow a bit better. 🙂
I really enjoyed learning the different steps and things needed to start a business such as licensing and insurance.
Very informative, and gives me some hope that I will be able to create my own job in case I am not able to find a position!
Thank you so much! This was my first introduction to you and to RT private practice ideas. It is something that has always been on my mind but I was unaware “IT” can really be a thing! This was helpful towards getting my brain rolling!
Very informative.
I liked it.
Lots of resources
Good information and tips to guide me in developing my own business.
The ideas for different private practices and the use of applying APIE, something so common in our field.
I loved how encouraging the webinar was to Rec therapist to start their own businesses. I think that this is an important step for our field to move forward and be more recognized.
All of the knowledge
The funding information that available.
It was very informational and helpful taking the first steps into private practice.
Everything was great. The information provided was very helpful and to be able to use the many avenues that we already have as CTRS’s to create a business makes things a lot easier. Thank you for your time and information.

Analytics for How to start a private practice in rec therapy

I presented on business secrets to help encourage recreational therapists to start a private practice in rec therapy or to start another related business.

Here is the review:

  • We had 348 people click on the registration link.
  • 175 people registered for the training
  • 85 people attended this training.

The session went for 72 minutes (we had a long question and answer session at the end.

Average attentiveness : 75.19%

Average interest rating: 83.35%

I feel pleased with those numbers. And yet – I want to get higher numbers.


Read the reviews to discover why people use DannyPettry.com: Rec Therapy CEUs

readthereviewsI presented on “Motivation Secrets” last Wed., June 7th.

Seventy-seven (77) people left a review of the training!

I felt you’d be more confident to use my program, DannyPettry.com: Rec Therapy CEUs for your CEU needs if you read some of the positive review for our program.

Discover why we’ve had thousands of satisfied students since 2007. 

Read the reviews.

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1.    I enjoyed learning a bit on how to inspire the intrinsic motivation, as I think this can be very difficult to do. I especially liked the motivational interviewing.
2.    I believe itll help me with motivating my residents to increase their independence
3.    I enjoyed how you spoke about the various population that we work with at TR professionals.
4.    good information- good overview
5.    Danny’s energy in his presentation.
6.    group motivational interviewing
7.    Info about motivational interviewing!
8.    Although it covered already familiar material, it was a good “teaser” to 25 hour package. I also liked that you didn’t just read off of the PowerPoint.
9.    Very educational!!
10.  I liked hearing about the different extrinsic/ intrinsic motivations people have to do their job. It was interesting.
11.  Learning about the different ways people use motivation like the psychologist who use reinforcers on animals to play ping pong or jump
12.  Secret #3
13.  Personal comments
14.  It help me understand why some people will do the things they do.
15.  Good refresher!
16.  Motivational Interviewing.
17.  Thank you for the teleconference I appreciate you doing them!
18.  It was really good!
19.  Love that Danny is so passionate about Recreation Therapy! His presentations are engaging as a result.
20.  It was short, simple, and to the point
 21. Thank you Danny!!!!
22.  He gave examples to go along with his lessons.
23.  I enjoyed the great material to continue my education for a reasonable cost (free)
24.  It was all great!
25.  I enjoyed the easy accessibility of gaining CEU credit and the resource information provided.
26.  The ease of use and availability was exceptional!
27.  I enjoyed listening to Danny’s thoughts about motivation and the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation as well as behavior modification.
28.  Good overview of psychological practices. Feedback from other RT’s during the webinar.
 29. Danny is the best.
30.  Danny was personable and gave a lot of information.
31.  It helped me to feel motivated again! Every once in a while its great to remember why we do what we do.
33.  I’m really interested in the psychology of motivation and it was nice to review that material.
34.  Everything! It was fun, I watched it with some co-workers, it was interactive and I was able to ask them some of the game questions as well. Also, enjoyed finding out about the facebook group that I will join as well.
35.  I enjoyed learning about motivational interviewing.
36.  It was easy to listen to.
37.  very informative
38.  Enjoyed all of it! Would love to learn more on Secret #3, how to get people to take action?
39.  I enjoyed the examples of intrinsic and extrinsic motivated jobs that were discussed during the webinar.
40.  The way the information was presented
41.  I really liked the specific examples. They really illustrated the points.
42.  It was interesting to see the topics we learned in school being discussed and seeing how much I actually remembered. (intrinsic/extrinsic, Skinner, etc)
43.  It was good refresher and ways I am motivate for staff and residents
44.  The personal reference stories
45.  3rd secret
46.  The personal examples
47.  The convenience and being able to do it during work hours.
48.  the part on motivational interviewing was very informative
49.  Was a great refresher.
50.  That it was short
51.  I enjoyed the webinar very much
52.  I appreciated the assessment, it’s always nice to get new insights for the apie process.
53.  Liked the review of Intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation
54.  The interactive component (viewer made jokes, had personal stories of self to relate to topic).
55.  I enjoyed a lot. I liked your questions in the beginning about the toll booth example and the intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. I actually went through the Princeton, WV toll booth a few weeks ago on my way down south.
56.  It was a nice refresher course with some new information.
57.  Yes
58.  I really enjoyed this webinar. it is helpful in many aspects of my life / job.
59.  I enjoyed the fact that this was online and offered for free afterwards because it was simple for people like me who work all day to just log on after the seminar and still have time to complete it and get CEU’s.
60.  I enjoyed that he included intervention examples and really broke down how to approach intrinsic motivation.
61.  I did, it gave some good examples of ways to motivate the pts in my facility
62.  Fast pace
63.  The discussion of psych, as it’s the population I currently work with.
64.  I enjoyed the explanation as to why people do what they do.
65.  Good practical information.
66.  Great! Thanks for offering these!
67.  Refresh course, liked talking about good motivational books at end
68.  It was good review and I liked that you tried to be considerate about the timing of the webinar.
69.  I enjoyed and learned the most about the ways that I can help the clients I serve have intrinsic motivation.
70.  I enjoyed the information and that it seemed he put a lot of time and effort into this webinar.
71.  Good refresher on motivation
72.  The Motivational Interviewing ideas.
73.  It was a great refresher for intrinsic and extrinsic motivators.
74.  Interesting information
75.  Thorough information with personal examples of intrinsic vs extrensic motivation.
76.  I liked the subject matter. It was interesting and a nice refresher for basics I learned in college.
77.  The diference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation

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