Throughout the entire semester in this class we have learned the Science of Happiness , and all of it’s benefits and how happiness is the best medicine for many if not most of the problems we face. From defining the science of happiness to academic well being we have learned how to be happy and many ways to promote and foster happiness to those around us. Each lecture , reading and assignment were thought out in a way that allowed each of them to be placed a top each other like building blocks , for example the we learned about our strengths and virtues , depression and mood states then anxiety disorders. Each of those topics reinforced the other , which was the trend throughout the entire class. Learning our strengths and virtues allowed to be able to combat the horrors that come with depression and anxiety disorders.
The major lessons that I learned from this class was mindfulness and how to present in the current moment , and to not stress about the problems that we may ensue down the road. Taking mindfulness and practicing it daily has helped me out personally , because I suffered with anxiety and all of it’s symptoms and it was hard for me to not worry or stress about the problems in the future until I began to implement mindfulness into my routine daily. With each mindfulness exercise we did in class I gained more and more happiness , to me it was something very tiny and simple but , It gave me something gave me something so grand and that my happiness and I am to live with it daily.
Each topic discussed in class was a tremendous help to and even those whom I shared it with. Every topic was vital and applicable to ones everyday life. The two that I gravitated towards the most were positive psychology and mindfulness. With my deeper knowledge and understanding of both of them I have reaped so many of the benefits , and apply the skills needed to use them to my daily life. In school and in work I practice positive psychology and no matter what I may be facing I try to remain positive. With the stressors that ensue with work and school mindfulness exercises and positive thinking really help me stay grounded and also keep my happiness.
I brought each of these important factors into my life that promote and foster happiness , by simply adjusting my attitude and way of thinking which could and sometimes still can be very pessimistic. With the change from pessimism to more positivity I have seen the change for the better in my mood and over all well being. I plan to share this with others , so they to can experience more happiness. That will also help this whole way of thinking grow among other people. Though I have been practicing this for a while it has still been I problem for me to stop stressing , and it is something I must work on and find something combat the best. Simply because it hinders me from my happiness and my success.
All of friends , family and followers have enjoyed every social media post that I have posted and they have personally seen the change in me. Knowing that the break is coming they are excited for me to share the knowledge that I know about the science of happiness with them , so they can implement the things they have read about via my social media in action in their own lives. I have also passed many of the things have learned on to my friends and they to have shared the skill and techniques. Soon all will that happiness is the best medicine.
For weeks seven through ten we in the science of happiness class embarked on a huge journey through learning wonderful topics that all flow and correlate with each other. We first began with talking about depression and mood states , and how each different situations we face in life can and will foster mood changes. The larger problems come when you allow those mood changes to go along without being addressed and that consistent mood becomes depression. Then our focused turned to anxiety disorders , and we began to think on the things that we worry about on a daily basis. A correlation was shown that poor states or mood and depression and all of their effects can lead to anxiety disorders. which is like a building block affect.
Our discussion on romantic relationships brought forth a new ideology to my life. We learned why relationships ( romantic) play a role in our happiness. Then we found that the most successful relationships we knew of practiced or tried their best to practiced better states of mood , which would allow them to achieve competence. which plays a key role in having a successful romantic relationship.
The last topic we talked about really pulled all of the other topics together , because it shows you your personality types and what type of person you are , ad what traits you lack or have a strong presence of .With that knowledge of who you are as a person you are able to asses yourself and see what mood states you have , see if we had characteristics or traits that are linked to depression , and analyze ourselves lives and see what we worry about and if we are extremely anxious. Most of all we were able to see if our personality traits we posses would or wouldn’t be viable to a strong and prosperous romantic relationship.
Having more knowledge on our strengths and weaknesses and positive psychology we are able to make much better connections to the material that we learned from weeks seven through ten. It also caused me to become more mindful of the topics and how to implement them to my everyday life. Basically what I have learned from these few weeks were the materials to be happy and to promote happiness to those around me effectively. I have also learned that no matter the test or trial I may be enduring , I have to think positively I try daily to imply positive thinking into to my day, which was hard at first and has become easier and the days have become more happier. which in turn I don’t stress as much or worry as much as I did before I cut out negative thinking , hence the picture in the beginning of the post.
In the first four weeks of this course I thoroughly enjoyed the material that was presented to us and how we had different people who specialized in each section of what we learned , and they taught us about that specific topic. I really loved how all of the material in the first four weeks correlated with each other , it was like building blocks each piece of information that we learned helped build upon what we had already learned about.
For example the flourishing or languishing survey showed us what our current mental state was and whether were flourishing or languishing, while nature v. nurture showed us how are behaviors and mental states are influenced by both genetics and our environment. The section on depression and anxiety showed us the types of mental states and how it can affect our happiness , while the VIA survey showed us what personality traits and behaviors we were strong in. Positive psychology shined a light on how to deal with all of these things and to stay positive and be happy.
With me taking three psychology classes in past a lot of this information was more intriguing than surprising , but what did surprise me was that since last year I had taken a personality test and a VIA survey and this year my results were somewhat different. That really surprised me because I have felt the same since my first time taking those surveys. The most meaningful part of this course so far was positive psychology and anxiety and depression. They really meant a lot to me because with some of the experiences I had to go through in life it was hard to stay positive and happy, for the most part I was either very nervous or depressed, but with each bit of information learned or the activities we did for those two topics it helped me tremendously. I have learned my strengths and virtues , how to stay positive and many new strategies to release that anxiety and to help with depression.