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.