SOH – PeaceNHarmony 2017-05-03 09:48:44

SOH – PeaceNHarmony 2017-05-03 09:48:44

Taking Science of Happiness has been on e of the best decisions i have made. We have learned extremely relatable and necessary information to benefit my psychological, physical, and mental wellbeing. We cultivated about positive psychology, different reaction yoga has on the mind and body, guided meditation, stress relief, anxiety, depression and mindfulness. The topics that stood out to me the most was understanding the differences between mood states and depression, practicing mindfulness, and guided meditation.

In the reading Contemplating Mindfulness at Work: An Integrative Review they give us statistical proof on how staying and being mindful is beneficial to our work environment, stress and anxiety levels, and increase or decrease in attention span. In two studies, mindfulness sped recovery from negative emotions after both a mood induction (Keng, Robins, Smoski, Dagenbach, & Leary, 2013) and public speaking (Brown, Weinstein, & Creswell, 2012). Mindfulness training has also produced a shorter time to peak arousal in a sample of patients with social anxiety (Goldin & Gross, 2010). Mindfulness has also been proven to increase positivity in emotional reactivity and general emotional tone, Dr. Good had also discussed how practicing mindfulness can increase awareness and attention span, and an absence of it can increase anxiety, depression and cortisol (stress hormone). This can also be directly related to mood states. Experiencing anxiety or depression is possible that it can be more of a permanent state, but its more common to experience these as mood states. Mood states are certain emotions we feel on a high level but only for temporarily.

I plan to apply these insights by learning more about myself and things around me always being mindful of what I learn, and using that to my advantage in every way possible. One change that I’ve made in my life is I’ve started regularly going to yoga classes and attending the gym with a friend every week. I made this change because I learned about yoga from SOH and after participating in a yoga session for class, I decided I would give it a try, and found that I really love it. It is calming, an escape, and really a way to center yourself before going out into this hectic world. The things that I want to change next include wanting to meditate regularly again. Last year I had a time where I was meditating daily but eventually fell out of it. Looking back I know it had a huge impact on my life, and knowing more about it now makes me very interested in getting back into it. I also want to start being more active about what I eat, and eating healthier. After I heard other groups in class talk about being part of the “eat” group, I thought that it sounded like a good idea. While it can be difficult, being that i do not eat 3 meals a day, I believe that eating healthy has more potential to improve your life than nearly anything else, and being diligent and watching what you eat is key to eating better.


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Entering this class I wanted to learn so much, understand just about everything. I wanted to get what emotions really were. Where did they stem from, why do people do regretful things when emotionally unstable.  we discussed the importance of having a well balanced diet, exercising regularly, and have a stable sleep pattern. We even had a class were we did yoga. It was my first time trying yoga, and i must say it was so relaxing. We meditate for 10 min before every class. This was seriously a great help, with being some busy and worried about whats next I forget to breathe and live in the moment. Meditating every class helped me a lot with the little meditating i get in. One week, we had to download a “calm” app and participate in the 7 days of calm challenge. It was such a huge help to meditate every day for 10 min to bring you back to the moment, regardless of the type of day you had.  It was also a huge help when it came to me having more patience and controlling my anger. Leaving this class the main thing i will remember is “If you want to be happy. BE” you, and everyone else that have spoken have showed me numerous ways to keep myself centered, to stay positive, and live in the moment,

Peace and Happiness

Peace and Happiness


PEACE: freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility. Upon entering this class I started on this journey where i was trying to find myself.  It started a coupe months ago. I was going through a rough patch in my life and I forgot how it felt to smile. One day my friend asked me,  “What makes you happy?”  When I set back and thought about the question, I kept coming up with no answer. In that moment i promised myself I will know what makes me happy. I started off my getting a self meditating book. It gave me key point when it came to meditating and other ways to relax throughout the day. As I continued my journey and continued to search for that inner peace I realized the biggest secret to being happy is simple, just be.  I picked this class because I wanted to further my knowledge on happiness.

The very first thing that grab my attention in this class was the statement, “If you want to be happy, Be.” So far we spoke on several topics; genetic influences on behavior, positive psychology, keyes’ model of complete mental health/flourishing, depression, anxiety, and mood states. All the which bring us back to the word, mindfulness: “…the ability to know what is going on in your head at any given moment without getting carried away by it.” -Dan Harris.

We spoke on mental flourishing through the idea of P.E.R.M.A; “P” is for positive emotion which basically are strategies that cultivate positive emotions.   The “E” stands for engagement, being highly absorbed in, involved in, or focused on life activities. “R” represents, Relationships, feeling valued by others in close, mutually-satisfying relationship.  “M” express, Meaning which is having a sense of purpose often related to a belief in something larger than the self. Last, “R” which symbolize, Accomplishments which sometimes are referred to as achievement, but pursued for the sake of mastery for one’s own sake rather than external reward.

It was also noted that, the cause of Human behavior is 50% genetics influence, and 50% environmental influence. Different types of genetic influences can be Mendelian disorder, chromosomal disorder, and complex traits. Mendelian disorder is single gene, highly penetrate, serve, and only affect a small % of people. Chromosomal disorder, insertions, deletions of chromosomal sections, serve, and affect a small % of people. An example of chromosomal disease is down’s syndrome. Complex traits, have multiple genes, environmental, affect a large % of the population, susceptibility, not destiny. Examples of complex traits are, depression, alcohol dependence, antisocial behavior.

At  one point, one of my bestfriends suffered from depression and anxiety , so when we discussed it in Science of Happiness, it kind of hit home. everyone has been sad before and have described it as depressed. Well, depression is a different sadness. It interfere with your day-to-day life. As well as, your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and have fun. You constantly are feeling helpless, hopeless, and worthless. anxiety and depression are believed to stem from the same biological vulnerability. there are different treatments such as multiple medications and therapy/ counseling.  They’re several ways to restore balance including mind, body and spirit. A video was presented to show what is feelings like to have anxiety. To listen and watch through the eyes of a person with anxiety i could never imagine living with the feeling daily.

The most meaningful exercise we did is this class that was more related and I plan to continue on using,  is when we had to write down three good things that happened to us and why. This assignment was the easiest to relate to, because often we find ourselves counting to 10 or taking deep breathes to relax. Yet, we rarely take the time out to look on the brighter side of things. Yes, we may breathe and relax for the time being, but when we get home or is asked about our day the same feeling of stress return. How many times have you set back and took a horrible situation and looked at the brighter side of it?