Do you want to be happier? Read This.

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Do you want to be happier?
Does your work (as a recreation therapist) require you to help people (like patients/ clients) to feel to feel happier?
Do you want to know the secrets to happiness?
Check this out…
 
Modern scientists have studied happiness (since the 90s).
They’re called – “positive psychologists.”
Positive Psychology is one of the most popular courses at Harvard.
Thousands of students attend the course weekly.
This branch of psychology is exploding and will continue to do so.
I feel that those of us in rec therapy are applied positive psychologists.
I think it is vital that recreational therapists have some basic knowledge of the principles related to positive psychology.
Go here to register for the advanced certificate course in positive psychology that I’ve created for you:
Did you know… 
There are many experiences and activities that increase Dopamine in the body.
This is a neurotransmitter associated with feeling good.
I regret to say that dopamine starts to decrease in people during their teenage years.
If it decreases too much and too fast a person will have Parkison’s Disease.
However, in general, there are some natural activities that can help increase happiness!
The “activities” or path to happiness is different for different people.
Here are some:
  • Physical activity: especially unique activities like surfing
  • Strong connections, including quality time with family and/ or friends
  • Strong social support network
  • Loving-kindness – doing good and helping others
  • A sense of gratitude and appreciate for things in life
  • Play and having fun in life (at any age)
  • Participating in meaningful activities (which could be the work one does) or community service
  • Having new experiences
Doesn’t all of that sound like a Recreation Therapy interventions to help a person who is suffering?
I think so!
Wouldn’t it be nice to show support and evidence that the “activities” you’re providing for patients are interventions with evidenced-based research that demonstrates they bring about outcomes associated with improving healthier living styles, better physical health and wellness, as well as improved mood and affect?
I think so too!
My embarrassing and painful disclosure:
I’ve suffered from generalized anxiety and depression since I was a child. Except, as a child, I didn’t have the worlds to explain my emotions. Of course, as a disclaimer: I’ve seen a psychiatrist for medication and have spoken to a counselor during my college years.
Today, I’m very happy to have discovered the power of positive psychology (which are applied recreation therapy interventions). I not only use this stuff in my own life, I also teach it to the children and teens who I provide services for. Okay – you can laugh aloud that that because it sounded like hair club for men where the guy says I’m not only the president, but I’m a client member too. or something like that.
But the truth is:
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) reports that anxiety is the most common mental health issue in Americans.
Next question: Do you want to learn more about positive psychology?
I hope so.
Go here to register for the advanced certificate course in positive psychology that I’ve created for you:
Good news: I have created an advanced certificate course on the topic!
Who this course is for:
 People who are seeking three advanced specialty certificates in behavioral health to count towards their behavioral health certification (to recognize expert knowledge beyond the CTRS credential)
 People who are seeking to learn the secrets of happiness and how it can be applied to helping others (as well as yourself)
 People who want to be on the inside of knowledge.
Who this course is NOT for:
  • People who are so happy and satisfied with their life that they don’t need improvement.
  • People who hold a Master’s degree have another option/ path to gain advanced specialty certification without the need for three advanced certificate courses.
Go here to register for the advanced certificate course in positive psychology that I’ve created for you:
Here is an overview of the course:
  • The course is worth ten clock hours of continuing education.
  • Session content is CE Pre-approved by NCTRC, so you know they count.
  • Requirements include:
    • Read an interesting text book
    • Write at least three comments about the book in our member’s group
    • Watch a one hour webinar on the topic
    • Pass a written test with a score of 80% or better. You’re guaranteed to pass or you can retake the quiz for free (as many times as you want or need).
  • Bonus # 1: I mail you the required book!
  • Bonus # 2: You’ll get access to network with other students in our exclusive facebook group.
  • Bonus # 3: Discount: The Standard Price for my Advanced Certification Courses is $647. These courses have a special discount ($200) off most of the time, so they’re only $447
Go here to register for the advanced certificate course in positive psychology that I’ve created for you:
 Guarantee # 1: Session content is CE Pre-approved by NCTR
 Guarantee # 2: 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed – You have a complete 365 (one full year) to claim a refund on this course if you’re not happy for any reason.
 Guarantee # 3: You’ll pass the course quiz or you can re-take it again as many times as you want or need.
Go here to register for the advanced certificate course in positive psychology that I’ve created for you:

your friend and partner in rec therapy, Danny Pettry.
Sincerely yours,
 
Danny W. Pettry II, M.Ed., M.S, LPC, NCC, CTRS
Founder of DannyPettry.com: Rec Therapy CEUs
Danny cares. Email him: Danny@dannypettry.com (yup, that is his personal email).
P.s. I don’t want you to miss out on this course. Register for it at this link:

Exercise

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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,
Melanie
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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Happy Brain Science Game

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As a recreational therapist, you are no doubt regularly looking for enjoyable and meaningful activities for your clients to succeed in achieving their therapeutic goals.

Whether working with clients or even co-workers, a new game might make an awesome addition to your collection of tools!

Choose Happiness @ work is more than just a game; it’s a tool that can solve morale, motivation, and teamwork problems to help individuals and teams thrive at work.

While the game’s creator, Scott Crabtree, Chief Happiness Officer at Happy Brain Science, recommends playing with 4-10 people for the ideal experience, the game also includes solitaire modes.

It’s a fun way to learn about the science of happiness and each other while you play. It gets your group talking, laughing, and solving real-world workplace problems.

By playing, you’ll learn

  • science-based strategies to boost happiness, productivity, and collaboration.

The game includes:

  • over 50 common problems from the real working world,
  • 100 solutions to those problems (grounded in solid science),
  • an instruction booklet, and
  • online resources.

Discounts for government, nonprofit and education organizations are available.

For more information on the game, check out this blog post or the product page here!

Go here for product: https://www.happybrainscience.com/product/choose-happiness-at-work/

Happy Brain Science staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Feel free to reach out via their contact form or by phone at (888) 427-7908

Review for Happy Secrets

A total of 107 people signed up for the webinar and 67 people showed up and attended
What did you like about the webinar?
Here are the comments from people who submitted reviews:
Ideas on how to incorporate techniques for programs.
A Lot of good points where made that I can use in my practice. Also there where a few assessments named that could be helpful to use in my practice. I also would like to read all the books that were mentioned in the webinar.
it was amazing.
Very Interesting. Will use in my workplace
I enjoyed how he provided multiple different types of resources (books & websites) in order to continue further research surrounding this topic.
Stay positive. Validate emotions. If you want to be happy study happy people
The flow of the presentation.
I enjoyed knowing there is an online class on happiness to earn further CEU’s
I found there to be a lot of information I could utilize in my groups
It reminded why being happy is so important
The cheer yourself up suggestions were good for personal use as well as groups. I also see emotions in a new light, neither good nor bad. The validation of emotions will definitely be incorporated in my anger management groups.
all of it.
I enjoyed all the information, the books you recommended, and the interaction you provided the peers. Thank you again.
I enjoyed the list of resources you provided about happiness. I will be looking for some of the books in the near future. I have even already gone and taken the positive ratio test!
It was a great reminder on what to practice on a daily basis to improve one’s happiness.
I learned ways to help make myself happier, which in turn I would be in a better place emotionally/mentally to help my residents.
educational and interesting
I really enjoyed hearing personal stories and hearing how you work with youth. The affect assessment was really helpful as well.
I enjoyed the section discussing measuring your happiness and cheering yourself up. I thought the discussion of mental health was important as well
I liked the Charlie Brown book about happiness.
It was very informative and entertaining, love your accent
I enjoyed the fact that you related it to Rec Therapy so many times
learning about resources that I could use
The research based info
Learned a lot I can use in my work place and he kept it interesting
Lots of good resources given!
I enjoyed the suggestions of FUN activities/groups.
The different ideas for groups to run
Learning different secrets to happiness
I enjoyed that there were relatable moment and the cartoons.
I enjoyed all the information about various books to use as resources
Great webinar Danny! Very well thought out. You backed every tip on how to cheer up with studies and research and gave great book resources. I want to do a group with my patients on this subject matter with all the tips you gave out! Thank you!
All the book resources that were provided
Very informative and well presented
Very applicable for the patients I work with. Informative
The webinar was filled with information and i would love to have a list of the books you spoke of.
Theories and sources used
I enjoyed seeing all of the resources and books that were used and recommended.
Good refresher for basic knowledge that we as professionals forget to break down
reference books
Informative and helpful with good points and book list.
It reinforced and added to what I share with my clients!
The book recommendations.
The information about happiness.
Enjoyed all the resources and assessments K Informative
The topic is of interest.
Good advice about assisting clients and practitioners to have a better attitude.
Very informative
The excellent suggested reading material. Also, multiple suggestions that I can utilize when assessing and assisting patients.
Learned useful tools to utilize with my patients. Enjoyed hearing of new resources and book suggestions to learn more information on happiness.
I enjoyed the book ideas! I’m excited to see the email with the book list.
I related to a lot of the stories. I work in inpatient mental health and so I understand how some of this content could work in a group session.
Easy to follow along with format and the great humor kept me engaged.
I think this is great subject to re-evaluate every so often because people often take happiness for granted. This allowed me to really think about what makes me happy and why it is so important to keep yourself and others connected with happiness.
Very interesting information.
I like there is 4 four different assessments to measure: Optimism, Positivity, Resilience, and Happiness.

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How could the webinar have been improved?

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It was great
There was some lag.
Ending at 5:00. I am on the clock and my employer expected me to have this complete within an hour.
Not sure, it was entertaining for me 🙂
An hour isn’t enough time to go over everything; however, if we can obtain a slide before the webinar, it could be helpful when taking notes.
It was perfect
It was good. No changes needed
Not sure
I think the webinar was run very smoothly and I do not have anything I would change about it.
More coping skills to utilize.
It was great!
It was great, I enjoyed it
I think this was great! I appreciate this happy topic
Nothing
Personally I liked it when webinars were on Wednesdays but that’s because that is my day off. Either way I was able to watch this webinar at work.