Positive Education

In this week’s article it describes and goes into detail the concept of a positive university and how it can be very beneficial. Especially after this class, I can see how positive environment  can affect a person’s overall being positively. I can see why this is our last blog post because it heavily relates to our class and an explanation as to why we are doing this. Students tend to worry about classes and grades instead of their health so I think it’s good to have a class where it is just focused on health. I liked this class, and it definitely was not what I as expecting. I don’t think all the exercises we did could help everyone, because sometimes I did not get the full affect of them. I am really excited for VCU’s future with more positive psychology classes and awareness of mental health issues.

Social Interactions

I always knew that being more social with the people around you, would benefit you more than you think. This article overall was very interesting and I did get a lot out of it. The researchers conducted two studies. The first one they focused on the classroom context, examining the students’ daily interactions with classmates and in the second one they widened it to ask students and members of the community to track all of their daily interactions.

The results were constant across both studies. They showed that weaker ties were important in feeling like one belong’s and their overall wellbeing. My question for you all is that, do you think that the results pertain to your life? Or do you think you get more positive energy out of close relationships?

Forgiveness

I really enjoyed this week’s article about forgiveness. Forgiveness is a huge part of a person’s life journey. Whether you have to forgive yourself or someone else, everyone has to deal with it. I know it can be hard to forgive someone because you often do not have closure on the situation so you tend to be bitter about the situation. That’s why I think forgiving someone can tend to be difficult at times.

Carrying a grudge can be very toxic in a person’s life. When one finally reaches the point of forgiving someone, you reach a sense of closure. I have recently experienced this in my last relationship. I had to forgive the person even though he never really gave me closure. It has been really hard but I am less stressed after I did.  I like how it said in the article that forgiveness reduces depression, anxiety,  and stress in individuals.

Differences in Character in college

This week’s article discussed the difference in character traits throughout students in college. The traits that people scored the highest in were humor, love, kindness, and honesty, which happen to all be positive traits. Women scored higher in love, while men scored higher in bravery. Those that were in a relationship scored higher in gratitude, hope, and love. With this finding they questioned if a person who was these certain characteristics, are they more likely to be in a romantic relationship than others?

Overall the article was an interesting read, but, what I found the most interesting about the research behind it is that most of the people that were questioned, were white.  I did find this article engrossing, but I don’t really favor the one because of the race issue. I do not think that this was the most factual that it could’ve been. Anyone else agree on this issue?

Relationships

I really enjoyed this week’s article. I think relationships play a vital role in someone’s overall happiness. Whether it is with your significant other, friend, or family member, the relationship will either have a positive or negative effect on your life. I like how in the article it talked about how not only your parents have a role in someones future relationships, but also key moments throughout one’s life doe as well. In addition to that, on page 10 of the article it talks about how attached you are to your parents plays a role in future adult relationships and conflict solving. I thought this was interesting but I was not surprise because of the experiences I have witnessed.

I am looking forward to this week’s classes because I think everybody can relate to relationship and a lot of us find it interesting.

Mindfulness

In this week’s article the main topic was about mindfulness and how it affects our outlook and our environment in the workplace. Throughout this semester in the class we have discussed mindfulness and it’s benefits. After reading this article, I now have a deeper understanding of mindfulness and the positive affects it can have.

On page four of the article it talked about the processing of de-centering.  This ties into what we discussed last week on how there are so many moments in life and if we aren’t aware, we won’t be able to take them for granted. I often deal with this. I also love to go back and think about pst experiences, and then I wonder if I ever actually enjoy the moment when I was in it. I go to a lot of concerts and I have noticed how many people are using their phones to record or take pictures, instead of actually enjoying the moment. Ever since I have become aware of this, I now put my phone away for the majority of the concert and actually enjoy being in that moment.

Good emphasized in the article that mindfulness improves our level of self-regulation, our ability to control our emotions, and the way we react to stimuli in our environment. After the in class lectures we have had, I believe this statement is true because of how it can make a positive environment around you and your outlook on life an dhow you react to situations.

A question I have is, how many of you take advantage of something, like going to a concert or a party? Are you on your phone the whole time or are you actually enjoying the people around you?

Week 7 Response

In this week’s article, Fredrickson talks about a new perspective on positive emotions and how it relates to positive psychology. It talks about the broaden-and-build theory. The theory explains how “experiences of positive emotion broaden people’s momentary thought-action repertoires, which in turn serves to build their enduring personal resources, ranging from physical and intellectual resources to social and psychological resources.” (Fredrickson). In other words, you must build off of your positive emotions and in doing so improve your responses to daily life.

Also in the article, it talks about how how having positive emotions on a daily basis will lead to you making better decisions, which will lead to a better life. I think by being able to see things more openly and diverse I will be able to respond to negative things in a positive way.

One question I would have is do you think positive psychology could really work? Maybe in your own personal life?

Health Related Variables and Academic Performance

In this week’s article it explains how some health related variables have affected a first year student’s grades. Some of the variables are as follows; exercise, eating and sleeping habits, mood state, stress, time management, support from others, spiritual/religious habits, how many hours of work each week, gender, and age. I thought it was most interesting to find that sleeping habitats was the major variable in the effects. Additionally, sleeping habitats are also affected by a lot of the other variables, such as if you have a job, or the amount of work you have. So I believe one variable depends on the other.

I have trouble with time management and I have noticed that when I do not manage my time correctly it puts a lot of stress on me, and can also make me lose hours of sleep. In conclusion, effecting my overall grade point average. Now I know that when I have a test coming up I plan ahead and study. On the other hand I have seen people slack off and either not study until the night/day off or at all and get a higher grade than me.

A question I have is: How would you explain someone who barely or doesn’t study getting a higher grade on a test than someone who study hard?

Depression

Often when I think of the word depression many other words follow along behind it; unhappiness, sadness, misery, sorrow. You may never know someone is depressed because they tend to keep it in, for example Robin Williams.  I think deaths like Robin Williams shock us, but also inform us that not everyone is happy. I also think that in this generation more people are starting to speak up and ask for help because they know they won’t be rejected or considered to have a “sickness”.

In the article it stated that depression has become one of the biggest health problems globally.  I  know a couple of people who have or are suffering with depression, and I know many people could say that they now someone too. It also said that they are there factors that play a role in depression. They are cultural, physiological, and neurological.

My questions are if those factors are true, which factor is the most popular among people with depression.  Also, I think in future years to come, the numbers of  people who are fighting depression will decrease due to just acceptance among our generation today. What do you think?

Positive Psychology

In the article entitled Positive Psychology written by Seligman and Csiksgentmihalyi, describes and informs the reader about how positive psychology came to be and how it has influenced our society today. Before World War II the field of psychology only had three missions: “curing mental illness, making the lives of all people more productive and fulfilling, and identifying and nurturing high talent.” (Positive 6). I find this shocking because now we know so much more about psychology now then when we did back then.

In the first story about Seligman and his daughter they gave us an example on how his daughter positively influenced him to change his lifestyle and his choices. I believe that most kids boldly tell the truth and are more innocent in not knowing when to say something or not, which could be a good thing. Sometimes we all need a little honesty and bluntness to teach us a lesson.

On page 10 of the article, it says that “unrealistically optimistic beliefs about the future can pro- tect people from illness”. (Seligman & Csiksgentmihalyi 10). I believe this to be true because if you have a positive mindset on your future and life, you will be hopeful of things to come, and tend to not focus your mind on the now or the negative. In addition to this, would it be the same or more/less effective if you had positive people around you?

Blog Post 2

Ever since middle school health class I have always been informed about the dangers of alcoholism and peer pressure. Even in the past two weeks, going on three, that I have been here at VCU, they have given us valuable information about alcohol and peer pressure. In all that time, I never knew that genetic influence can depend also on someone’s age and development. I also found it interesting that our genes do not always  affect us, sometimes another factor switches it on, either in the environment or one’s on development.

I do believe that most adolescents put themselves in sticky situations because they either want to be accepted or fit in with a certain group. On the other hand, I believe that way one was raised also plays a big role in the topic of peer pressure and alcoholism. I did not know that some adults started drinking at the age of twelve, I found that surprising. In conclusion, I found the article really informative and interesting.
One question I do have is, is it really possible to number the amount of kids who have a rocky childhood with parents who suffered with alcoholism struggle with alcoholism later on in their life, or is there just too many factors in play to really get an answer?

Mental Health Awareness

Before reading this article I knew not a lot, but a good amount about mental health. I have had friends and family go through depression and anxiety.  As I was reading, until the mid-1990s, mental health was overlooked as a source of burden economically to developed and developing nations.  On the other hand, in the United States, mental health and illness is among the three most costly conditions. That alarm because, I believe that mental health and illnesses should be supported because so many people experience one form of it in their lifetime.

Also, before reading this article and starting this class, I did not know that there was a such thing as mental health flourishing. Everybody associates mental health and illness with something else negative, like depression, suicide, and anxiety. Another thing I found alarming was the increase in depression in adults over 50. I would have thought people going through high school and college would be more affected then the elderly.

In conclusion, I still think that mental illness and health issues aren’t as addressed as they should be. I think that Americans, along with other nations, should be more aware of what people are going through in our daily lives. I think we should be more educated and not overlook this issue.