Week 12-16

Week 12-16

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.

Weeks 7-11

Weeks 7-11


These past five weeks have taught me many things in regards to maintaining my wellbeing. In week 7 I learned the patterns of relationships thoughts, feelings and actions is common in connecting early experiences with caregivers to later experiences with peers and eventually romantic partners in adulthood. Week 8 focused on meditation, which influences our awareness and attention. Addiction was the main focus of week 9. The article spoke about cognitive control, reward systems, and the brains stress response circuits in substance use behaviors. Week 10 focused on the impact of positive emotions. The broaden build theory suggests that positive emotions come and go but they have long lasting consequences. In week 11 spoke about social emotional learning. All of these topics, in their own way, help to improve wellbeing.

I learned that my past relationships growing up will affect my future relationships. For example, when I’m upset with something my mom does she immediately tries to fix it. I would expect my significant other to do the same because I was used to someone doing that. The topic also spoke about partner idealization which is when you see your significant other in a better light than they do. I didn’t know there was a name for it, but my boyfriend loves to compliment me on a bad hair day, so I can connect with this on so many levels.

For meditation, the guest speaker said “to let your experience be what it is”; I tried meditating with the expectation of living a stress free life and that is probably why I hadn’t received the results I wanted. Ever since, my thoughts on mediation have changed, I am now more patient with people and the things that used to irritate me don’t anymore. I also have a better sense of mind when making decisions for myself. This ultimately made me happier in life with myself and my interactions with other people.

My highest score on the week 9 exercise was anorexia sensitivity, which made a lot of sense. I liked how the guest speaker presented a list of ways to not let one of the four traits affect us when it comes to substance abuse. This is important to many college students who experiment with drugs or alcohol. Personally I have no experience with drugs or alcohol but it’s nice to know about ways so I don’t affect my wellbeing in a negative way.

The unit about positive emotions didn’t teach me anything new. I already knew that if you think positive then you’ll be in a happy mood as well as thinking negative and being sad. The exercise was refreshing but it was awkward asking people for compliments. Although it did make me feel good hearing those comments that day. Thus, I will try to compliment someone at least once a day. This topic is the main reason for my photo, I also believe that this ties in all the topics. When I’m in a sad mood it’s mostly because I’m over thinking a lot and its mostly pessimistic thoughts. That contributes to how I’m interacting with others, which would mean if I’m sad my energy would be down.

I liked the last unit on social emotional learning because it helped others know that they have certain skills in this world that other don’t. This exercise demonstrates that we all matter and that our wellbeing matter to everyone no matter what we may think sometimes. All in all, the units for the past 10 weeks has given me new ways to preserve my happiness.


SOH-Fall17 – Science of Happiness 2017-10-01 18:14:20

SOH-Fall17 – Science of Happiness 2017-10-01 18:14:20


Science is  the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. Happiness is the state of being happy. This title explicitly states what I learned whilst taking this course. Throughout these six weeks I’ve learned about flourishing, influences on behavior, positive psychology, depression, anxiety, different mood states, and cultivating our strengths. The class tends to focus on the positive aspects of things that other people would view as negative. Although, it’s presented differently in each topic, they still have the same core goal, which is for one to reach happiness.

The flourishing unit taught me that “the absence of mental illness isn’t the presence of mental health”.  I also learned  that there isn’t a set equation to be happy, but there are factors that can help you achieve happiness. Other things I learned would include behavior being 50% genetics and 40% intentional activity.  To find this information scientists used twin studies which explained that genetics can cause some mental illnesses.  I was taught psychology’s mission before and after world war 2.  Before the war psychologists strived to cure mental illness, identify and nurture high talent, and help people live fulfilling and productive lives. Although, this mission changed after the war to psychologists only wanting to cure mental illness, which was due to soldiers having  post traumatic stress disorder. Lastly, I learned that everyone has strengths, some are  less prevalent than others.

Positive psychology taught me how to deal with things. More importantly it taught me how to truly forgive someone which was something I needed to work on. I had an argument with a friend last week, which ended with us having to forgive each other. Its easy to tell someone you forgive them and not actually mean it. Positive psychology helped me reach emotional forgiveness so that I don’t hold a grudge,  remain happy in life, and in my friendship.