Throughout the semester being in SOH, I realized how important maintaining one’s own mental health is and the different ways to do it. The biggest thing I learned was mindfulness and all the benefits that come from it. In the week 8 reading, Contemplating Mindfulness at Work: An Integrative Review, it talked about how mindfulness contributes to the workplace and improves human function. For example, it can influence attention, cognition, emotion, behavior, and physiology. It can impact performance in the workplace, teams, leadership positions, and relationships. Week 8’s weekly exercise challenged us to write down what went bad or good that week, how we reacted and our automatic thoughts when it happened. It opened my eyes to how I handle bad situations specifically because I would always be irritated and take it out on others which isn’t good at all. It was one of the most impactful exercises because it made me realize something that I can change. Practicing mindfulness has improved the way I handle bad situations which is something i’m happy about. One of the guest lecturer’s, Dr. Sood, talked about depression and mood states. I remembered in class she mentioned how mindfulness can benefit people who suffer from depression. In the week 4 reading, Positive Psychology, it talked about flourishing and what makes life worth living which can also tie into mindfulness. The reason for this is because it focuses on a person’s positive traits, strengths and valued subjective experiences. Another lesson I learned was from Everett Worthington’s lecture on positive psychology and when he talked about how important it is to forgive and how it can improve our health, mental health, relationships and spiritual well being. He mentioned how hard forgiving can be and that no person is amazing at it but we are all capable of it. Besides the readings and exercises, Dr. Sood and Dr. Worthington’s lectures were the most meaningful to me because it has personal relevance to me. Mindfulness is a great way for me to keep myself in the present because I tend to stress myself out very easily which isn’t good for me at all. Worthington’s lecture taught me a valuable lesson on forgiveness, especially self-forgiveness, which impacted me because i’m not the most forgiving person to others and to myself but his lecture did make me realize that it can be done and how much relief you can get from it.
After everything in SOH, I have applied most of what i’ve learned to my daily life. I practice mindfulness by journaling. Something new that i’ve been doing is a group exercise cardio dance class at the gym. It’s a very good stress reliever and a time where I can just relax and work out at the same time. Some changes that I still need to work on making is forgiveness because it’s the hardest out of everything i’ve been doing but it’s not impossible.
I plan on sharing everything I learned with family, friends and fellow students. I’ve already started with the final project. My group decided to do random acts of kindness. So what we did is we painted rocks and put positive/motivational messages on them. We spread them around campus for other students to see and even take home in order to encourage everyone to spread kindness. Besides that I plan on still sharing tweets on mental health and mindfulness etc. on social media so people can learn more on what they can do to improve their mental health and become happier. I’ll also be sharing my experience in the class with family and friends so they can increase their overall well-being as well. I’m happy with everything i’ve learned in this class and I can’t wait to continue sharing everything I know with others.
I chose this picture because it’s what I got from this class. It’s important to be aware of your own thoughts and behavior in order to lead a healthier state of mind. Like the quote states, it’s important to see the good in everything even on a cloudy day.
There are a lot of topics that can relate to each other when it comes to science of happiness. Two topics that I felt closely related to each other in an immense way is depression and anxiety. Anxiety and depression both relate to each other because they come from the same place which is biological vulnerability. Since they’re so closely related it is fairly easy for one to make matters worse for the other. This is why a person should be self-aware of both of these conditions. Depression and anxiety can also fit into a person’s personality which is another way of how the information relates to each other. A person who has internalizing personality traits is more likely to be more sensitive to anxiety compared to a person who has an externalizing personality. It shows the ways that depression and anxiety can fit into your personality type.
Another topic that I felt closely related to each other was romantic relationships and impulsivity. We learned about successful and unsuccessful relationships and how to improve an unsuccessful relationship. The reason I believe this ties into impulsivity and cognitive bias is because in order to have a successful relationship you have to be able to have impulse control and self-control. The reason for this is that when you get into an arguement with your partner it is important to take a step back, breathe and reflect instead of lashing out. I feel most of the topics tie into positive psychology because it helps with depression, anxiety, and relationships. Positive psychology can enhance your well being and the way you look at yourself and experiences. I feel like none of the topics differ with each other because in some way they are all tied together and there are so many connections that it’s hard for me to find any ways in which they can be different.
The things we have learned in weeks 1-6 has helped me have a better understanding of everything we’ve learned so far like mindfulness and how important it is to be in the present moment. This helped me obtain a better understanding of impulsivity and relationships and how important it is to just take a step back and breathe. I feel like the biggest things i’ve learned so far in the class is how important it is to get to know yourself and your automatic thought processes. I normally tend to be a very negative thinker and when I actually got the chance to reflect on my negative thoughts (which i have never done before) I realized that I don’t have to think this way and I don’t have to add more pressure to what I already feel. I plan on being more self-aware of my thoughts and the way I view things by paying more attention to what is influencing it and what I can do to change it.
I chose this picture with the quote on it because it personally relates to me and what I’m currently doing to improve my negative thinking which is focusing on the positives instead of the negatives. It’s better to focus on the good instead of stressing over everything negative in my life because it makes me happier and enhances my well being.
“Made on the Quipio App by Ebaird.” Quipio, quip.io/q/42y1.
The first few weeks of SOH we learned about Keyes Model of complete mental health/flourishing and how we can fall into the flourishing or languishing categories. We also learned about the debate between nature v. nurture and how genetics can influence our behavior and make up 50% of our happiness according to twin studies. We also talked about positive psychology and how knowing our strengths and virtues can help us focus on the positive in our lives instead of the negative. I think that positive psychology and cultivating our strengths relate together because they both have to do with being good and having virtue for yourself and others by practicing it until it becomes a habit. Also, I think that positive psychology and genetics differ because positive psychology focuses on how practices and concepts can contribute to our overall happiness and satisfaction with life while genetics basically already make up 50% of our happiness. So they kind of contradict each other because one is saying how you can be more happy by having virtues and the other is saying how 50% of our genetics already causes happiness. Something new I learned is how genetics is a disposition and not destiny which means that through environmental changes you can change the likelihood that something will happen. The information that has helped me relate what we’ve learned to my own life is the via survey because my top 5 character strengths fall into four different core virtues which was really interesting to see. It was meaningful for me because my strengths were different than from what I originally thought my strengths were prior to taking the survey. Another thing we learned that was meaningful is forgiveness because it’s one of the hardest things a person could do but it comes with benefits for your mental health, relationships and spiritual well-being. It opened my eyes to how important it is to forgive another and to forgive myself. I chose this image because before taking the class I didn’t know much about positive psychology as I do know so I feel in a sense more free and open to improve my mental health through what i’m learning.
“Freedom in Christ.” WordPress.com, thepreachersword.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/freedom-in-christ.jpg.