This class has helped me understand where my stress is coming from and it also helped me find ways to deal with the stress. When the class first started we were taught how to calm down our minds it didn’t register to me at that point how much I would need this when the stress of school will finally get to me. This class also helped me understand that alone time is necessary. The topics positive psychology and mindfulness helped me in this class the most. Positive psychology was meaningful to me because it taught me to forgive but I don’t have to forget. Mindfulness was important to me because it showed me how to control my thoughts and slow down my mind. After the class is over I tend to share more information about mindfulness and how it can help with stress and I want to share more about positive psychology and how it will help you move on. I tend to incorporate this in my personal life in strides by starting with mindfulness to help me get through finals so I can control my thoughts and focus on one thing at a time and then I try to incorporate positive psychology after so I can learn how to stop holding grudges and move on. I’ve started to use mindfulness already when midterms passed and i’m going to continue because it helps.
In weeks 7-10 we learned about romantic relatonships, mindfulness, getting to know yourself, and postive emotions & positive interventions. Some of these topics have alot in common with topics we’ve covered in the past. Mindfulness and getting to know yourself both blend together. Both of these topics talk about knowing more about yourself and learning what hurts and helps you. The positive emotions and positive intervention lesson remind me of the positive psychology last time we had at the beginning of the class. Reminding me to be positive and forgive and forget and order to be happy. I plan to change my lifestyle a little I’m going to start letting more things go in order to better my mental state. My picture represents how im going to change my daily routine.
These first few weeks in science of happiness I learned a lot of new things. I learned about anxiety disorders, positive psychology, my strengths and I learned about about what influence my genetics have on me. The positive psychology lesson and the lesson about my strengths went hand-and-hand. Positive psychology was talking about how we should forgive and forget and move on with our lives and the strength lesson told us 22 of our greatest strengths and ranked them from highest to lowest. After that lesson I believe that after that lesson forgiveness went up in the list to being on of my top 5. That lesson as taught me to forgiven people more because I used to hold things over people’s heads and I noticed that I do it less. This class also gave a lesson on genetics and on depression, anxiety, and mood states and I now realize that those states of mind can be influenced by genetics or by the environment around me. We also used the Keyes’ model of complete mental health/flourishing and in this model I found out I was flourishing.