Blog Post #3

Blog Post #3

This whole semester of Science of Happiness has taught me a lot of how to take care of myself mentally and one of the first lessons I learned was that the absence of mental illness does not mean you have good mental health. The way you treat you mind should be respected in the same manner as one does with their body. I also enjoyed the presentation of finding our strengths through the VIA strength test and turning it into a way to help reach goals and helping others. I actually think this presentation will stay with me for a long time as when this information was being presented, what stuck in my head was a study of three groups and how the group that focused on working on their weakness found to be happier than those working on their strengths.These strengths can also be connected with social emotional learning. The readings and presentations of social emotional learning made me aware of how the education system is lacking classes that can help us tap into our strengths and also develop skills for the the workplace. The exercise we did in class on what you look for in a job also made me prioritize on what I want in job in the future. I also liked learning that science that comes with clinical depression and how scientist are figuring out what in the brain is making people develop this mental disease. In the weekly reading covering depression, psychologist Oliver James leans towards culture on being a factor for the rise of depression over the past thirty years. I became aware of how affluenza and our incapacity to reach our materialistic desires could lead us to believe that we are incapable of being happy without having everything we want.This could affect working and middle class who work all day and do not have the time to treat themselves and practice mental self care. Many believe relaxation and meditation can’t be part of their busy schedule. What this class has taught me is that it only takes five minutes of concentrated breathing in order to be in the moment and not to focus on the past and future. A topic that was most meaningful to me was the presentation on grit. I felt like it was relatable for me and how I view most things. I like to have long term goals and being able to achieve them. I have been taught perseverance and commitment from my family and I have always been one to love challenges. This presentation helped me see how other students use their grit to their advantage and how it all involves positive and realistic thinking.

I plan to use the knowledge I gained from Science of Happiness into my professional life by working on my job skills in order to maintain a happy working environment and spreading mindfulness to other co workers. This also includes taking five or ten minute breaks every two to three hours to either meditate or walk around. In my personal life, I am trying to incorporate yoga into my schedule in order to take away some stress of tests and homework to be in the present. I have already started to color and take small naps in order to free my head. I am also starting to do more random acts of kindness in order to make someone’s day. I think I need more help with forgiveness and that will probably be a long process. I can continue to share more information of positive psychology by continuing to share articles on Facebook and spreading the word about events happening in VCU about Science of Happiness and COBE through Snapchat.

I chose this picture because it shows how easy it is to change your life from a negative aspect to a positive point of view.It all starts with your mind and how you view things.

Blog Post #2

Blog Post #2

Weeks 7-10 showed many similarities when it comes to getting to know yourself and how to apply that to relationships. It was helpful information because  you need to know how to grow as you step into a new phase in your life. The last four weeks we learned about know ourselves and how certain personality traits could incline a person to certain substance use. We learned how to intervene on impulsive  and instead work positive psychology.I liked learning about impulsive actions and how as teenagers we tend  to find sensation in things can hurt us in the long run. That topic was different because it was more into the science side of explaining why we are impulsive. The earlier weeks helped build up the the latest topics as we found out the basics around positive psychology. We learned about our strengths and how we can use values for forgiveness. I enjoyed learning our strengths and how to use them to make more mindful choices. I also learned that positive psychology isn’t just about meditation and yoga.Because of this class i have learned to take time of the day to be in the moment I also added positive psychology interventions into my life by trying to give a compliment to someone everyday.

Blog Post #1

Blog Post #1

The first six weeks of positive psychology has taught me a lot how psychology can be used in order to maintain mental health and not just treat mental disease. Positive Psychology puts back the mission of helping people maintain a healthy and happy life through mindfulness and mediation. Many models and topics have been discussed and are intertwined.I have also learned different ways to have great mental health such as forgiveness or improving our Strengths instead of dwelling on the negative. The Keyes model of Mental Health demonstrates that you do not have to have a mental illness to demonstrate poor mental health. Rather you show signs of apathy and boredom. What I learned and surprised me in this class is how genetic factors can impacts someone’s personality. It’s not really nature vs nurture,it’s just a combination of both.  One piece information that reflected and had me thinking was the PERMA test. My results kind of surprised me because the results for achievement(A) were high. It had me thinking of how high I hold in accomplishing my goals and would like to maintain it so.