Concrete Ways to Improve Happiness

The founder of the Center for Counseling and Health Resources, Dr. Gregg Jantz is a successful speaker on a variety of life issues and has been featured on CNN, the Associated Press, CBS, and many other national channels. An experienced emotional counselor, Dr. Gregg Jantz is the author of a variety of mental health books, including Moving Beyond Depression, Every Woman’s Guide to Managing Your Anger, and Happy for the Rest of Your Life.

For many people, happiness seems like an elusive goal. However, scientific studies indicate that improving happiness is not as difficult as it may seem. By changing just a few simple things in everyday life, individuals are able to feel better and more content. One way to improve happiness is to exercise for just seven minutes. Even such a brief workout increases feelings of happiness and improves how individuals feel about their bodies, regardless of any physical changes.

Sleeping also affects happiness. While negative stimuli are processed in the amygdala, which is not affected by sleep deprivation, neutral and positive memories are processed by the hippocampus, which is very affected by sleep. As a result, individuals who do not sleep enough will struggle with remembering positive memories, but will easily remember negative ones. Further, contrary to common beliefs, going to sleep angry can actually help the feelings dissipate, allowing for happier feelings in the morning.


A Place of Hope – Eating Disorder Treatment

Dr. Gregg Jantz has proven himself in the field of counseling and psychology over the course of a career that has lasted nearly three decades. In 1984, Dr. Gregg Jantz founded The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, Inc., also known as A Place of Hope, which leads the field in chemical dependency treatment and mental health counseling.

One category of treatment The Center commonly provides is eating disorder treatment, which involves issues such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. Many patients have heard misleading information from pro anorexia groups, and The Center strives to break down these misconceptions and allow people to get help. For 24 years, The Center has practiced a treatment philosophy of whole-person help, which attempts to address not only the symptoms of eating disorders but their root causes as well, ultimately providing a more stable foundation on which patients can rebuild their self-esteem and take control of their lives. Most treatment programs last four to six weeks, though some are longer.

American Counseling Association Publications

Like many counseling professionals, Dr. Gregg Jantz holds membership in the American Counseling Association, which provides resources for counselors who want to advance their careers or become politically active regarding major issues in the field. Since 1952, the American Counseling Association has represented professionals like Dr. Gregg Jantz and supported their career efforts through continuing education opportunities and conferences.
The American Counseling Association (ACA) puts out several publications, including scholarly journals, newsletters, and DVDs, to help counselors stay abreast of current issues and changes in the counseling field. Members can access issues of their primary journal, the Journal of Counseling & Development, through the ACA website. The ACA also publishes books from members, and accepts proposals for books written with professional counselors and counselors-in-training as the target audience. Finally, it publishes a monthly magazine, Counseling Today, which highlights counseling trends and contributes advice on issues such as diagnosis, research endeavors, and managing a practice effectively.