This image has summed up my thoughts about the whole year because of the vibrant colors and peaceful meaning. The flowers have flourished which creates a beautiful scenery for the whole photo. This is a symbol to people flourishing in life, when we all maintain our well being it creates a positive and peaceful atmosphere for everyone.
Some of the major lessons i learned throughout this year is how to flourish in life. Regulating emotions, using your strengths, having goals, practicing mindfulness, eating right and exercising are just a few topics that can help you flourish. The most meaningful topic for me was the importance of emotions. I felt like I’ve been more sensitive compared to the people I’ve been around. This was a major obstacle that i thought could be fixed by not having emotions. The presenter stated that “you cant stop your feelings but you can manage your thoughts and behaviors”; which stuck with me because i realized that my feelings weren’t the problem it was my thoughts in response to those feelings.
Some things i’m going to change in order to flourish in life is exercising more. The presenter spoke about the stages of change which was what i was in the process of doing when it came to working out. During my senior year of high school i set a goal to exercise two times a week. Having homework, being too tired, and not having a gym membership were just a few limitations to reaching goal. At VCU, my limitations weren’t a problem anymore, i had a free gym membership as a student, I had a lot of free time and a lower amount of homework. I Keeping track of when i went to the gym helped me accomplish my goal. i had a consistent workout schedule on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but as of right now i’m on the relapse stage because i recently sprained my ankle. Hopefully in a few weeks I will be back on my schedule of going to the gym twice a week. I need to work on regulating my emotions so that it cant increase my positive experiences and help me cope with my negative ones. Eating right is another thing i need help on in order to flourish. My fast metabolism has reduced my worry in consumption because i don’t gain weight by eating. Although Science of happiness taught me the importance of keeping a food journal and how stress can cause overeating and under.
I plan on sharing this information by word of mouth. Tweeting my knowledge about the things I’ve learned in this class has helped my friends which i would love to continue doing. Many people use social media for a lot of negative purposes so it would be nice to help strangers, my friends, and my family that follow me with their daily lives. It’s benefits people who go through the same thing that you have gone through in the past. Expressing how you conquered it could help someone else who’s going through it right now.