This semester has been way more than I expected in this Science of Happiness class. I understood that Ms. Walsh did not want this class to stress us out and for the first time a class has not stressed me out. The first major lesson I learned is that when we learn something new especially something that can make you a better person, that these lessons are not meant to be kept a secret. We should go out in the community and share these with our peers. Going back in the year we started off talking about Keyes model of complete mental health. In this lecture, we learned about flourishing. Flourishing is how good we feel about our lives and how well were functioning in our lives socially and mentally. This directly connects with our final projects. One group decided to do a #compliemntswithcolor project where they had us do a survey on how our current mood is and gave us compliments. After they gave me my compliment, they asked me how it made me feel. My compliment stated, “you are gorgeous and that’s the least interesting thing about you too”. This made my stress about getting my work done in the library take a back seat and brought me to the current moment where I’m aware of how I feel about my life. They did an outstanding job reinforcing Keyes model. Along with this, topics like discovering our strengths and virtues and personality traits are perfect for us to go back in the community and educate others. Others can learn from us if we help ourselves as well. Topics like depression and mood states allow us to look at ourselves and make a change. I noticed that my mood sometimes defined how my day was going to go and ultimately affected the ones around me. The lecture allowed me to regroup and adjust my mood accordingly. This leads me to also say that depression and mood states was the most meaningful topic for me because I was able to make a change within and I honestly wouldn’t have noticed my mood states and how they affect my life if I didn’t take this class. That may sound like a far stretch but it’s true. In the immediate future and beyond, I will look at things in a more positive way. One of the final project groups had a presentation where they asked the class to turn a negative statement into a positive one. This is going to be great tool for me to use because when I am beating my self up and feeling helpless, I will look at my attitude and perspective and change it to be positive. The main change I’ve mad was being more aware of the fact that mind, body and spirit all overlap. Having bad thoughts (mind) affects my body and having a great spirit affects my mind in a good way. I can definitely continue to work on my problem solving. I learned in SOH, that it’s important to find out what each party wants and in order to do that I have to listen and not try to over power the argument. I plan on sharing the information I’ve learned and insight I’ve gained after class is over by encouraging someone who is speaking negative, to turn it into something positive. Hopefully, this exercise can stick in their mind so they can continue to spread this as well. The image I chose is basically a representation of me leaving this class and mixing with my peers. The blue smiley faces represent the people who haven’t token this class and I am the yellow smiley face. I am hopefully going to turn the blue ones into yellow ones in the future by sharing my insight from this Science of Happiness class. Thank you Ms. Walsh for a great semester.
The two topics during the weeks 7-10 that related to each other were anxiety and depression. These two topics linked together because they stem from the same biological vulnerability. In the slides that were shown we were informed that depression could make anxiety worse. I also saw some connections from the Big 5 in the personality traits slide show and the things that cause depression. The Big 5 is Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness, Agreeableness and Conscientiousness. In Extraversion there is attention seeking and this can cause depression if you are feeling lonely with nobody to talk to. I did not see anything that differed for these weeks only because I was focused on how it linked that way I could understand these topics better. The bigger picture is that positive psychology is the study of a wide variety of components that contribute to our overall satisfaction with our lives. This means positive psychology is aiming to make our mood states better and lessen our chances of depression anxiety disorder. I noticed that twin studies were used a lot through this semester. We looked at how a twin study shows us what causes behavior and we also looked at how twin studies show heritability for panic disorders. Also, we talked about certain techniques that help with forgiveness. Those techniques that we discussed included writing it down and throwing it away or keeping a journal. These techniques reoccurred when we looked at how to challenge negative thoughts. The larger lessons I’ve learned are how important it is to take care of you and never be afraid to ask for help or assistance because everything we do contributes to our overall happiness. I have received insight on what could possibly be an alternative to anger and how I can channel my anger. I do plan on letting how I feel out more often and not hold things in. My mind, body and soul overlap. The picture I chose symbolizes the balance that I need to have in my life. I need to develop good coping strategies for my emotions, communicate with family and friends more often and also get a healthy amount of sleep in order to take care of my mind, body and soul.
In the first 6 weeks of class in SOH, we covered various topics that were very new to me. WE talked about positive psychology and how genetics plays a role in our behavior. We also touched on Keyes model and our mood states. The two topics that I thought related to each other were Keyes Model of complete mental health/flourishing and genetics. The model talks about how your mental health correlates to how well you flourish. The Keyes Model also relates to depression, anxiety and mood states. Some symptoms of mental illness according to Keyes, is major depression. This also goes along with your mood and high anxiety rates. I thought that positive psychology differed greatly with genetics. Positive psychology is more on the nurture side where as genetics is more on the nature side. Positive Psychology says that we have to acquire virtue and in order to do that we have to practice until it becomes a habit of the heart. Through these 6 weeks of class so far, I was able to learn more about forgiveness and that its way more than just saying I forgive you. Forgiveness is a hard virtue but you feel better at the end. This was the most important thing I learned. I was able to apply to my life because it taught to not seek revenge because that means I have not truly forgave them and this made me think about relationships in my life right now and what I can do to truly reach forgiveness.