Positive University

I enjoyed this article because I think we can all agree that being a college student is really stressful. Being a student at a university while juggling a social life, having a job, attending classes and trying to make good grades, can take a toll on a young adult who is striving to be successful in the future. So I think it’s great that this article is focused on promoting positivism on university campuses in order to develop positive attributes that may hopefully benefit them for their well-being. The article provides suggestions for well-being activities that promote positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment and I think these activities are a good approach.

Interaction with Weak Ties

This article made me realize how much an impact a stranger can have on your day and well-being. I think we’ve all heard the phrase along the lines that a smile to a stranger can make their day or even giving a compliment. Personally, I think it’s great that people who don’t know each other can work up the courage to make someone else’s day just by starting a conversation. I would describe it as refreshing. Humans are social interacting creatures that with these interactions, they can play a part in your overall well-being and emotion state. The feeling of belonging in a community facilitates good mental health.

Forgiveness

I really like this week’s article because I think one of my biggest strengths is the ability to forgive. Some people might think that someone who can easily forgive is someone who is just excusing the wrongdoing, I don’t agree. When I forgive, it doesn’t mean I  have forgotten, but that I took the time to try to understand the situation from both sides. By trying to understand, it helps me think rationally and not assume the worse. Overall, I am a positive person. I’m optimistic and realistic in almost every case of my life because I know that negativity and grudges are definitely huge blockers from you moving forward in life. It appears that forgiveness interventions help clients deal with past offenses and help them achieve resolution in the form of forgiveness and I agree that forgiveness promotes better well-being.

College Gender Differences

Before reading the article, as a college student and a sociable young adult, I think it is pretty evident that there are differences between males and females. We are constantly interacting so we know that guys and girls are not exactly the same character. The results were pretty accurate with females scoring significantly higher than males on kindness, love, gratitude, forgiveness, appreciation of beauty and excellence, prudence, and fairness since we are stereotyped to be the nurturing types with motherly instincts. Males, on the other hand, scored higher on creativity, bravery, and self-regulation since they are stereotyped to be constructive and innovative. As part of the results, women also scored higher on leadership. I find this to be true and not that surprising because even the saying always goes as “Men are the leaders of the household”, I don’t always agree because people fail to realize how much a woman can hold everything together. I think we are assertive and intuitive as leaders and another saying also goes when in a relationship, “Women wear the pants in the relationship”. So I think it is interesting that people have this false impression that women can’t be leaders. With these results, the article states that character develops throughout life, and that behaviors and attitudes nurtured early on manifest into salient character traits by young adulthood in which is supported by the finding that gender differences on character strengths seem to increase with age.

Do you agree with the gender differences the study has shown?

Substance Use Disorder

Before I began reading this article, I knew that developmental neuropsychology focuses on the relationship between the brain and behaviors across the life span and how substance use is never good for your mental and physical health. The article further explains that adolescence are more vulnerable to begin the use of substance since they are still developing neurologically and also more likely to experience. I agree with this finding because at that age, you’re more exposed to different behaviors when they are finally able to explore more and not have to stay by their parents side when compared to as a child. In my childhood town, we had a program called DARE to educate fifth graders about drug and alcohol abuse. Drug education continued up to high school for me, but sadly I still saw kids around use substances, not many, but I still get surprised when I hear a 15 year old is using hard drugs. Up to college, I hear more stories about drug abuse and when I hear they talk about it, they’re always saying ‘try it once, you never know unless you try’. They’re easily convinced because they’re just like ‘why not, if I don’t like it, I won’t try it again or I live only once right’. Soon enough, some become addicted. The youth is vulnerable to making these kind of decisions because they’re feeling adventurous, curious, maybe the need for an escape, or maybe they’ve been predisposed. Whatever the reason is, it is really important that adolescences are heavily educated as substance use can lead to terrible addiction and even death.

Relationships

After reading this article, I thought about the relationships close around me. I’ve grown up with a close knit family that had taught to nurture and care about the ones around me in which created healthy relationships with my friends and family that I have now. However, growing up with separated parents, I do see that it sort of impacted myself and romantic relationships. As a child, I saw how unhealthy their relationship was and I’ve experienced an unhealthy relationship myself a couple of years ago. I don’t know if my parent’s relationship had any significant impact, but I do know that it’s hard for me to get close to someone like that. By reflecting on these relationships, I see how my childhood and environment have affected my relationships today. Growing up with a close knit family has allowed me to treat everyone close to me like family, but seeing a failed relationship between my parents, I’ll admit, have made me afraid to pursue one.

Mindfulness

In this week’s article, we are learning about mindfulness and its effects on our self and our workplace. To understand mindfulness, we have to understand awareness and attention. According to the articles, it states, “With the capacity to witness events, thoughts, and emotions as they play out comes an ability to attend to occurrences as concrete phenomena rather than interpreting them in ways biased by personal memories, learned associations, or future projections” With that being said, being able to clear your thoughts and to see things for they are, it can help you make better or rational decisions. By making good, well-thought out decisions, it promotes stability, control, and efficiency. I’m taking a Buddhism class so learning to be mindful is beneficial since it can help rid of any delusions or irrational thoughts that may hinder your “aura”. The way I look at it, being mindful is like being aware of your aura and allowing it to flourish.

The Role of Positive Emotions in Positive Psychology

I think we can all agree that everyone has their own issues, but we all have our different ways of dealing with them. I always try to stay positive because I know that that is a coping mechanism for me. My days aren’t always perfect, but if I dwell on a bad situation, it’s just going to be a bad day and I know I won’t get anything productive done. The broad-and-build theory suggests that positive emotions are essential elements of optimal functioning and I completely agree. Personally, I am more likely to get things done such as running errands or engaging in activities when I’m in a content, positive mood. So by also spreading positivity, you’re well-connected with other people which can facilitate self-growth. Being positive is beneficial to you and your health in the long run as it helps you make better choices and live a fulfilling life.

Blog 5

Before reading this article, I took a moment to think about my overall health since I’ve started college and I know there has been dramatic difference in my habits. During high school, I had a consistent sleeping schedule going to bed before 10 pm every night and waking up at 7 am for school. Now that I’m in college, my sleep patterns are definitely not consistent. The article concluded that sleeping habits have a significant relationship with academic performance and I agree with the result. Just from knowing that getting a good night’s of rest is healthy for you, I personally know that I do not function well without a good amount of sleep. I am more likely to be irritated in which affects my studying habits. The article also mentioned that studies weren’t able to show a significant relationship between exercise and academic performance. But they were able to find that students who performed more hours of exercise negatively affected their GPA compared to students who exercised less throughout the week and it made me question why. Physical activity has shown to relieve stress as well as teach discipline and time management so shouldn’t it have an overall positive impact?

Post 4

In today’s society, some people may think that wealth is the key to happiness, however, sometimes that may not be the case as some suffer from mental conditions such as depression. Those who suffer from depression may face pressure or high demands in society that they can’t handle. Some may go untreated because society tells them “it’s nothing, get over it”. My roommate is going through something similar. She always knew something was wrong because she struggled through school all of her life and would often hit a low point of feeling unmotivated or depressed. She finally got tested and was diagnosed with ADHD with minor depression. Her parents sort of refuse to believe that their daughter is diagnosed with those conditions because they don’t really believe in mental illnesses/conditions, even medicine. I remember my roommate told me about her conversation with her mom and how her mom questioned how can she be sad or be going through this when they give her everything. She’s the only child so I wonder if it’d be different if she grew up with a sibling and wasn’t as lonely although she was still very involved with the community playing many sports, joining clubs, and such.

So the fact that some people still don’t really see this trend as an actual issue, people don’t seek help or treatment. The question I want to ask is why do people who have mild depression may receive medication whereas those who have  severe symptoms are not getting the help they need? And how can we help them get treated?

Post 3

Reading this article reminded of this novel I briefly read in one of my high school courses. This novel (forgot the title) was an autobiography of a cancer patient. He knew the physical health complications that were to come during his fight, and so to defeat the illness, he was determined to stay in a positive light. He believed that by staying positive and telling himself that he will get through it, his health would not respond to him in the worst way. And by doing so, it didn’t cure his cancer, but it alleviated the pain of going through it. Sometimes medicine isn’t  always the complete regime to defeat an illness or a medical condition, but your mental health plays a role. This example shows that whatever adversity someone goes through, it helps to make a life worth living by having hope, stability with surrounding relationships, living for what makes you happy, etc.

 

Post 2

Before reading the article, I expected to learn information about how genetics can influence the growth on adolescences in which I did. I learned that genetics play an important role in the development of an adolescent’s behavior as well as the role of the surrounding environment. It provides studies with alcohol use and I didn’t quite understand if genetic has direct influence on alcohol use, but I do see it as an indirect influence. Genetics have influences on behavior such as increased alcohol use that is shown in adolescent ages. Aside from alcohol use, as an adolescent, other behaviors are also being developed. It is a period of time of growth and I think the environment plays a really big factor in shaping a person into who they are. At that age, we are constantly meeting new people and adapting to new environments such as moving from high school to college. But it really interests how genetics play into adolescent behavior because my best friend has an identical twin and they grew up in the same household, even going to the same schools to college, and sharing same friends, but are completely different.