Final Blog Post SOH

Final Blog Post SOH

Over the past weeks of this incredibly unique class, I have learned valuable, relatable life lessons such as to be aware of my self, and how to actually care for my mentality. These topics are special because they obviously relate to my real life, which was different from my other courses in which I’m learning the material but sometimes it’s just not as relatable. Smaller topics that I can relate to the bigger picture self-care are topics such as staying physically motivated and also forgiving. These were my two favorite lectures, also making them the most meaningful.

In the immediate future and my professional/student life I will apply the topic of self-care daily; in ways such as checking in with myself, regardless of how busy I get. After gaining the content material of this class, I have tried to meditate more and be more self-aware of my actions. These are definitely still things that I am working on.

Throughout the course, I would always share the content and what I had been learning with my close family and friends. I think the best way to continue sharing all of this with people near me would just to be a positive influence and share things without forcing them into anything.

Weeks 7-10

Weeks 7-10

These past few weeks in class have covered topics from romantic relationships to personality and substance abuse. In my opinion, these topics have been all over the place in the field of positive psychology, as they don’t  have a lot in common other than that they all deal with the field, but they are all important in their own way. Coming from the beginning weeks, I can see how those were basic, building block weeks, and these further weeks are more complex. For example, the beginning weeks we covered positive psychology, and mindfulness and genetics and now we are building off of that knowledge in these more specific weeks.

The largest lesson I have learned from all of these weeks is self-awareness and mindfulness. It has altered my mindset (in a good way) to where I can take a second out of my day and take notes on how I’m feeling and my day is going. Week 8’s mindfulness really connected to the week off of automatic negative thoughts for me. The changes I am attempting to make is being more mindful and grateful of my daily life. Before this class, I would go through life on auto-pilot, fill my days with tasks, and not necessarily pay attention to myself, but it has been brought to my attention how important mindfulness is, and how to instill it in my daily routines.

The image/quote I inserted, as hippy as it is, relates immensely to me and the post. I believe that the changing of my mind has had an effect on the change of my life.

being mindful

being mindful

The first four weeks of this course have all taught something inherently different, all interesting and relatable. I feel the most apparent thread I can connect through these introductory weeks would be the second, which was the genetics of psychology and what makes us, us. This can firstly be connected (and debated) to week one. Personally, I can connect these by the genetics of flourishing and languishing in my family. Also, with the VIA test, after forcing most of my family to take it (ha) I can see where our top traits stack up to each other.

The most interesting week thus far to me was week 4, in which I took the VIA survey. These results felt most applicable to my daily life. I find myself thinking about what strengths I used that day, and also I have been more mindful in how to work on my lower strengths. This has been new information that has been more than useful in my real life. Being self-aware is so important, and I feel like being mindful goes hand in hand with that.

In all, these first four weeks have taught me new information that I can carry out of the classroom and into my life.