Role of Positive Emotions

This article further discusses positive psychology in a more manageable way in my opinion because it deals with the incremental steps to take in order to maintain a positive lifestyle. I really like how the article mentions positive emotions fueling psychological resiliance because this further proves that changing our thought processes now will impact and benefit our future. As someone who has suffered from depression in the past, I know that during even the darkest times there is light at the end of the tunnel. It isn’t easy to picture at the time, but this article helps to show how the incremental steps being taken even temporarily can turn your life around! I love positive psychology because its a fairly straightforward way to set yourself up for success! Other than the informational side of things, I kind of wish the article had more ways to specifically think a certain way rather than just talking about it. It may not be easy for others to decipher because the facts are there but not the steps in order to take necessarily to get to a better state of being. A question that I have is why are people so resistant to taking advice on positive psychology if it could have such a huge impact on your life?

Implications for Sleep and Other Behaviors

I don’t know about you guys, but I love the direction that these articles have taken us these past few weeks. I find everything so applicable to my everyday life and think that it is so great that we can start to make improvements and tinker with our schedules to improve the one thing that we are all here for: grades. It was very interesting to me to find out that wake up times had the largest effects on semester GPA’s. I definitely do not get as much sleep as I would like to or should because I am too busy during the day balancing the other factors of my life like nutrition and exercise. On the weekends, like most of us, I enjoy hanging out with my friends and staying out later than I should. After reading that it made me want to reconsider my plans on the weekend because I figured that if I was sleeping right during the week, I would be fine. I think that is it really great that this study was done to help those who want to improve their academic performance but I don’t wholly think that grades are the most important aspect of life. In my opinion, a lot of other factors like extracurriculars and the relationships that you have/spend with other people is more important than just hard grades. You’re grades will definitely help you to a certain extent on paper in order to show that you are capable of working hard but if you spend your whole college career in the library and doing absolutely nothing else, you will not be prepared for the real world in my opinion.

Silver Lining in Depression

Before reading this article, I knew that depression was a medical condition but was shocked to discover that even those who appear happy to the majority of the world like Robin Williams could be fighting internal struggles that no one else can comprehend. Suffering from spouts of depression myself, I realized that we do have a choice as to whether the way that we are feeling will take control of our life completely. I know that it is impossible to prevent for some, but seeking out help and actually wanting to better yourself in any way possible is a decision that each person has to make on his/her own. It’s so easy to fall into a cycle of rumination where your bad thoughts just continue to cycle through your head over and over almost like a record playing again and again. I believe that our minds find it easier to think about the bad then the good, so constantly doing so just creates a pattern that we opt to anytime we decide to think about anything. If you practice something over and over again, its going to become easier and I believe that if you continuously ruminate on the bad your just training yourself to think about that above all else. My question is how do we encourage people that may be battling with depression to speak up and seek help before its too late?

Positive Psychology

Prior to reading this article, I honestly have always looked at psychology mostly as benefitting those who were mentally ill or experiencing some sort of grief in their life. I was shocked to find out that the National Institute of Mental Health was only founded in 1947! Up until this point I had figured that Psychology and the studies that are included in it have been around for much longer than that. It’s very interesting how this article ties into what we are learning in the class directly. When explaining this class and practices of mindfulness to my friends, I tell them how mental health is going to be the next big thing that people see as important to give attention to in their lives just as physical health and eating healthy has recently become more of a thing. This article basically predicts the shift that society is making right now. Rather than focusing on treating people that have mental illnesses or struggles, this article stresses the importance of paying fair attention to the positive qualities that individuals posses and using the findings to prevent future mental and even physical illnesses from occurring. Rather than just getting through life, positive psychology aims to teach people how to thrive in their lives. I think it’s pretty profound that if these studies hadn’t come before and made a way for psychology in general, we probably wouldn’t be enrolled in a class like this one and be taught in large how to better our mental health and lives. I hope that we continue to learn and grow so that we can act as a source of helpfulness to all the people we know that might not be aware of what they are missing out on!

A question that I would have is do you think that positive psychology will ever be a standard course to take earlier on in school so that the youth can learn ways to shape their futures in a more timely manner? Or does it take a certain age to be able to comprehend and utilize these helpful tools?

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Blog post #2

As soon as I opened the weekly readings folder and saw the title of this weeks article “Genetic Influences on Adolescent Behavior”, I knew it would be one that would hit home with me. Like others, I regret a lot of the decisions that I made when I was in high school. I didn’t start at 12 like the article stated was the starting age of alcohol use, but I definitely started drinking before I even began maturing mentally and physically. One thing led to another and by my sophomore year of high school, I found myself smoking every day. I’ve always questioned what in my life had caused me to be such a “bad kid” at the time but before reading this article had never had an answer. What I’ve learned is that genetics plays a role in the way that I was acting and the amount of risk that I was willing to take back then. I’ve always thought that my parents did everything that they could’ve to raise me the correct way so it’s always bugged me as to why I turned out to be the way that I was. Learning that my environment and the amount of parental monitoring plays a role really made sense because although my parents were strict, I still had a lot of freedom to explore and do things when I pleased. In hindsight, I am glad that I took risks and experimented while I was young so that I could get it out of my system early and know what I like and dislike. My question is if it becomes possible to detect genetic dangers in adolescents ahead of time, how will parents be able to prevent their children from doing things they aren’t supposed to without seeming too strict and controlling? Thanks for reading :)!

Blog post #1

To be honest, one of the reasons that I decided to join this class was because I would like to find a way to relieve anxiety and depression when they present themselves in my life. This article is the perfect start to the semester in my opinion because it really goes to show that we are not alone when we have feelings that bring us down.  The article stated that it was not until recently that mental health became defined and I find that very interesting and useful because it is beneficial to be able to put words to your thoughts. When it comes down to it, the fact that we have these words to describe what may be wrong doesn’t truly do justice because no two people have experienced the same exact things as others and depending on how you learned early on, your explanatory style to good and bad events really determines how your mental health will be. I think it’s very important to be aware of this information and am excited to see where this semester brings all of us!