The Science of Happiness

When I first received the email introducing me to the opportunity of enrolling myself in the new Science of happiness course at VCU, I thought it was too good to be true. I have witnessed the stigma and silence that clouds mental health in more than one place in this nation. The uncomfortable approach to the subject of mental health we have settled for has taken an enormous toll on our society’s health culture, encouraging confused teenagers to succumb to the bizarre myths that grow daily. That being said, I was so excited to sign up for this class not only to expand my awareness and education of mental health but also to integrate the health practices learned in class into my daily life to fulfill my healthiest potential.

While I was expecting the course to adopt the generic ‘educational’ format, it became a pleasant surprise when I realized that it was more than your average classroom lecture and more so ‘applicably interactive’. It really put me on the spot and forced some uncomfortable realizations at times. Not only were some thoughts faced during this semester painfully honest in nature, but mastering control on the brain when it has been wired to respond to certain emotions a specific way for so long was by far the hardest challenge for me to overcome. I would catch myself experiencing emotional strain and immediately respond by applying de-stressor methods from class.

My pre-course self-ratings for the class were pretty low, but the improvement in my post-course self-ratings most likely improved because of this very acquired self-awareness of directional thought. Before taking this class, I thought reacting upon what I automatically felt was emotional honesty in its most organic sense. It wasn’t until being exposed to techniques like positive psychology and mindfulness that I realized that that doesn’t always have to be the case. It was so refreshing, opening my mind up to happier and brighter alternatives.

I think a class requirement that really helped me get there were these blog posts. You can walk away with such better insight after a lengthy reflection, and reflecting fully and wholly on the weekly material helped me to further grasp the impact of feeding positivity into your brain even in the most frustrating of situations. When you allot yourself time to become conscious about what type of influences and emotional energy you’re emitting out into the world, it makes you want to thrive in mental health as much as possible.

A Healthy Heart & Healthy Mind

A Healthy Heart & Healthy Mind

 

For this weeks exercise I happened to be assigned to the move exercise. This seemed like an extremely relevant and fitting category to journal on for this week’s topic because I play ultimate Frisbee and the past two weeks my team and I have been conditioning and strengthening ourselves for our regional tournament that is coming up. Journaling during this time urged me to examine my physical activity through a variety of different lenses, and in all, gave me more insight on how exercise impacts the supporting health components of my life.

I recorded my physical activity on a five day scale; April 22nd to the 27th. Three of those five days I participated in vigorous workouts that were at least 120 minutes each. Two of the sessions were practices (Sunday morning 10 a.m -noon & Monday 10 p.m.-midnight); these were we spent doing drills that consisted mainly of changing our running speed (begin jogging, accelerate at certain point) and changing the directions of our offensive cuts quickly to escape our defender. The other session was a conditioning session I did on my own time at the gym that included rigorous work such as sprinting and weight lifting. The remaining two days I took place in moderate exercise like walking to class and places on campus and around the city.

Something significant I noticed after my Sunday practice was an instant boost in energy and really just an enhanced yearning to participate in life. I wanted to be up and doing something the remainder of the day, whether it was being outside enjoying the beautiful weather or just doing something like cleaning. I felt motivated to participate and exert my energy into something, which I definitely do not just get every day by waking up. Even during practice the longer I was out on the field, the more I didn’t want to stop.

Something I found even MORE interesting and noteworthy in the way my physical energy affected my moods occurred on the day I practiced ultimate from 10 o clock to midnight. Monday’s are my busiest days of the school week. This past one happened to be one incredibly stressful experience. I had overworked my mind and it depleted me, which had caused me to dread my peculiarly timed night practice. I almost considered not going because I was so drained but I decided that it would be extremely beneficial if I went. After practicing, I found that I didn’t even want to go to sleep I had been instilled with so much energy!

You always hear people saying how good exercise is for your well being. I most definitely could have vouched for that before taking apart in this activity, but I wouldn’t have received the introspective benefits of really evaluating my physical health so closely to my mentality and mood. Being conscious about it, I was able to recognize that exercising through out my daily life can not only boost my energy levels, but also restore my motivation after having almost none. Learning this about myself will be helpful for a healthy future A Healthy Heart & Healthy Mind

Coming Out of the Box

Coming Out of the Box

At a time in age where everyone believes in obtaining the highest level of triumph for themselves and themselves only, I think it takes an individual who is extremely self-aware to approach this topic of self-deception and immediately recognize it as a detectible behavior. Upon being introduced to the concept of the text Leadership and Self-Deception early on, it was difficult to uncover my actions of self-deception that I disguise in my every day life. It was even more difficult to face the fact that these components are slyly tweaking my intentions, whether it is conscious to my being or not. Moving deeper into the text, these self-deception ‘tools’ we use to meet a certain ‘end’ became clearer and clearer. It amazed me how indistinguishable the two can seem—the act of self-deception itself and whatever tactic we use to mask it.

 

The whole time I was engaged in this reading, I couldn’t help but to think of how the modern world has done nothing but to fuel this unfortunately egotistical theory. We are in the heart of a genius innovative and competitive time where new discoveries are knocking each other off of pedestals, and it’s our people who are pushed so rigorously by the system to fulfill these miraculous inventions. I feel like the competition seeps into our heads, and spills out onto every domain of our life.

 

I believe that is where this self-deception is rooted. A lot of individuals have adapted the idea that the only things that deserve genuine trust and care are ourselves, so that makes it right to do absolutely everything for ourselves as we are further diminishing the humanness of all of the other’s. It implants the mindset that we have to fend for ourselves; that we need to strengthen strictly ourselves, as we view others as merely objects on our path to success, knocking them aside if they’re in our way. All alone, we get stuck “in the box”, and are after our sheltered goal where we act in averse ways to obtain it. What I think the Arbinger Institute meant by what being ‘in the box’ was that they were trying to compare these selfish motives to being restricted in a box: blind, dangerous, and the presence of a lack of surroundings and outside resources.

 

Making these inferences while reading made me think of what my current role is in the professional world and my role in other’s people’s lives and how I either hinder or help them reach their goals at the expense of my own. Reading about self-deception made me want to minimize the passive acts I make towards the people around me. One important thing this book brought to my attention was the significance in the fact that we may neither act wrong nor right, but right it off as being appropriate to ourselves. I plan to utilize this by being a more conscious presence as a listener towards others and also a more active participant in their lives.

 

I never thought of identifying my schemas or hot buttons (as Dr. Wu-Pong referred to them in class) as a constructive tool used to assess and practice my self-control towards others in those provoking moments. After reading Emotional Alchemy, I had this revelation that these rituals of annoyance is something we like to overplay in our day to day lives, almost willingly, so these averse reactions that we display for people become ignorantly habitual. Maybe a reason these accomplishments seem so far fetched for me is because I have yet to reach a comfortable mental inner peace fully welcoming and accepting the whole plethora of my thoughts.

 

No one wants to face the fact that they may deliberately shut down the opportunities of others for their own good, or even worse, that these actions can be depicted in a robotic manner and not even seem familiar to the very person who is portraying these actions. Reading about how to properly treat others throughout our personal and professional lives as well as actively integrating the lives of others into our life objectives will change the way I approach and live alongside others when they are trying to shine on their own.

The Affect of Kind Deeds

As a way to encourage the use and spread of positive psychology, Professor Armstrong wanted us to perform a handful of small acts of kindness over the course of the week to expand the power of positivity in our day to day lives. The first act of kindness I performed was supplying a very confused and lost man with directions near campus. I found him looking confused near the north end of campus, so I approached him asking if there was anything I could help him with. He was alone, old, and honestly looked helpless in his entire being. Turned out that he was headed towards the Walmart express on West Grace a few streets down from where we were on campus. After I explained where he needed to go in order to get there, the confusion on his face immediately dissipated. “If it wasn’t for you, miss, who knows if I would have found my way!” He exclaimed cheerfully. His quirky gratitude made me feel like my deed was valid, which showered over me like a wave. Even though I wasn’t the one the deed was being done for, an undeniable force of positivity ignited my entire body. It makes you feel some sort of a significant role when you go out of your way to do even the tiniest of deeds for other people.

My second act of kindness for the week was yet again another simple deed that was not that unusual, but something that still managed to make a profound difference in both my mood and the other persons mood. My best friend was in the midst of a stressful mid-semester heap of work this week that had her studying nonstop every day. I figured this left little time for her to perform daily tasks; and with her brain working constantly, she needed sufficient nutrients..so I decided to surprise her by making a huge breakfast for her one morning before one of her big exams.

When I showed up to do so, she was so ecstatic that I would think to do that and thanked me periodically throughout afternoon. Seeing how even my miniscule deeds affected these two individuals in such a positive way really made me think about how we treat another nowadays and what we expect from our acquainted-less neighbors. I feel it is so easy for us to get caught up in the complex web scheme of our own lives that we forget that we emit the stressful energy we battle every day just living. If only we stopped hiding behind a plethora of identities could we see the effects of our actions.

This exercise made me feel really proud of myself for how I was able to impact others, I honestly was not expecting such positive reactions. Approaching both of those deeds is something that I usually tend to shy away from, but breaking that boundary introduced me to a whole other side of spreading the love. I really hope this gets me in the groove of handing out more compliments to people, and just doing more kind deeds for others in general, strangers and acquaintences alike

[My] Path to Success

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Throughout my life I feel like I have allowed myself several opportunities of imagining my future and what I want it to embody: what it is like, what I do, who is in it with me, but now that it is more relevant and closer than ever, I still feel like I have a few minor changes to undergo in order to make my role as an educator as rewarding as possible.

A change I wish to make & maintain moving further into my future is becoming a more skilled leader. I feel that although I have a natural instinct for connecting and nurturing, I lack the management it takes to efficiently lead a class of 25-30 five-ten year olds. I can turn myself into more of a frontrunner by learning to speak out and take control in all kinds of situations. Expanding my voice would make me feel more comfortable sharing ideas and solutions. Gaining control won’t only establish me as a person of authority but I also expect it to increase my self-confidence.

After learning an abundance of my greatest strengths in this class and how I can use them as tools to reach professional success, I also realized something I never have before. I realized that a lot of my strengths stem from my relationship between myself and others, and rarely from the relationship I have with myself. I have to say this is a crippling realization because of how much personal responsibility I will have as a teacher. One specific self-relied skill I have in mind is my organization. How I organize the material I will teach is so integral to keeping a steady learning environment for both the kids and myself. How prepared I am is dependent on my skills and the trust I have in myself to run a comprehensive system. I have made small steps such as buying a planner and keeping a sticky note on my computer screen with all of my class assignments for the week. My tendency to clutter is what really needs to be fixed; what if I lose the student’s assignments!? No one likes those teachers.

The personal mission statement (PMS) exercise we completed in class resonated deeply with me because of how most of my life, I have focused a lot of energy towards helping and developing others. I would recommend this exercise to both purposeless and purposeful alike. It really offered me a sense of relief and solidified my purpose here on earth, both personally and as a grade school teacher. Not only did it make me realize what my passion and duty is here on earth, but it really motivated me to discover conditions under which I am at my best, my happiest. It gave me a different sense of the life I want to strive for and live, and model off to friends and eventually the children I teach.

Finding your purpose is such an essential component to knowing who you are and getting comfortable in your skin. I remember being extremely insecure about my future my first year at VCU because I had come in undeclared. The reality of it is, your future is something that you have to grow into. It’s something that is mainly guided upon your experience and growth as a person, you have to feel it and let the path ahead guide you. And this isn’t something that happens right away or on a fixed schedule—this is something that is happening to us throughout our lives constantly. Perhaps the beauty of it is that we never stop learning new things about our self-potential.

How Mindfulness Can Change Our Relationships

I had been so excited to learn more about mindfulness this week ever since I saw it on the syllabus sheet the first day of class. Even the little I knew about it fascinated me; and it has been a cognitive exercise that I have been trying to perfect ever since I was introduced to my unfortunately profound introspection. In my opinion, it takes a lot of perseverance to be totally accepting and open minded about the thoughts that we have. In my inner most contemplative states, I find myself in a frighteningly vulnerable relationship with my thoughts. I’m susceptible to my stress and negative emotions, and I don’t stop myself from feeling them. A big part of mindfulness, as Mr. Warren-Brown mentioned in class on Monday, is accepting our thoughts freely without hostile judgement. As opposed to judging, it is suggested to be more optimistic and see emotions and thoughts as fleeting senses in the given moment. In large, this positive outlook opens up a large window for positive emotions to take over. This kind of skill can greatly impact social relationships in many ways. For one, it can give someone a lot of awareness of not only their own emotions that they are experiencing, but also their partners. Especially if they are different Say your partner said something that angered you; something that causes you to feel emotions of rage beneath your skin just urging to be let out. Mindfulness helps to keep this reaction of anger contained and an observation of your emotions and thoughts without necessarily getting wrapped up in them. This calmness opens up room for worthy discussion and real intent to assess the emotions, rather than spewing hurtful venom that we often later regret. Accepeting the briefness of thoughts and emotions of anger helps social relationships move on from conflict quicker, eliminate grudges, and simply live in the moment without rehashing the past. Mindfulness offers an appropriateness to your actions that gives off infectious compassion to those around you. The emotional balance of mindfulness eliminates the chance of your stress causing you to lash out on people without meaning to. The hurt may be unintentional but it cannot be erased, and unfortunately, that can become permanently engraved in a person’s memory.

The Strengths That Make Me Strong

It’s funny, because you’d think that 21 years after living in the same skin I’d grow to be capable of identifying my own strengths and things I excel at. Although I may have a good idea of who I am, I could in no way say I had come anywhere close to accepting and utilizing the talents hidden within me in life before this week. I think strengths are very hard to give someone like yourself, because, while you see your gifts, you also have uninvited access to your mind’s biggest critique. This is the way I feel. I have seen myself excel in exceptional circumstances, but I have also seen myself fail under more routine ones. In class this week, it was incredibly refreshing to let that evaluation go. I was very focused on seeing the full potential my strengths held for me, instead of passively receiving them and doubting the validity of the results. One of the things I like most about this class is that it has been forcing me to harness a lot more positive emotions than I usually allow myself to explore. Receiving my strength results made me truly feel good. Four out of my top five strengths were in the relationship-building category. This did not surprise me, for I am fully aware of how much I enjoy spending time with the ones I love, however, learning more about my specific strengths I have when it comes to building relationships made me want to fully embrace them. After seeing that most of my strengths were under relationship-building, this made me want to strengthen myself in domains other than the intimacy of others. More specifically, I want to strengthen myself as a person without having to rely on another for resources. Independence would look better on me if I spent more time strengthening myself and my own abilities than giving so much to a relationship with another person. This would be a pretty long-term goal since I feel like I have a lot of independence in my life to come by yet, which would give me great practice and experience for it. I was extremely interested to hear that someone who also had empathy as their number one strength, preferred to use it to their benefit in their life a totally different way than I do. They had brought up how it sparks initial connection and undrestanding, while I wrote it as a benefit towards the emotional depth in my close realtionships. It just really comes to show you that even when people possess the same trait or asset, they could still be different in many ways because of how they utilize it. Thankfully, my strengths are something that I predict are going to be very helpful in what I want to do with my life; teach elementary schoolers. Being an educator especially for young children is such an integral role in a child’s life and it is so important that this student and teacher relationship is met with satisfaction so the child feels comfortable enough to learn. I believe my relationship-building strengths will make it very easy to empathize with my students, rekindle their vitality, and ultimately encourage them to be their best selves.

The Art of Relating to Others

When it comes to relating to the people around us and building strong connections on those foundations, a lot of skill is needed in order to make it work with someone who can be fundamentally different than you. Positive relationships in all areas of our lives serve as some of the most profound experiences humans encounter today. The successful and healthy interaction of two souls makes us feel happier and more satisfied with our lives. When I think of positive relationships, I think of almost every strong friendship I have. Connecting to someone else has always been so fascinating to me, and I’ve had the chance to connect to so many different people. I feel like one extremely important characteristic I possess while fostering relationships is being aware of the other person’s behaviors and emotions and trying to make sense why they act that way and do the things they do. I most likely accomplish this because I am someone who pays attention fully in situations, I can pull even the smallest of details from what I observe in a situation and I use these to make myself aware of the other persons cognitive abilities and emotions (even when they are different than mine). I do feel in the end this engagement leads me to feel a certain type of inclination to maintain and commit more to the current connection. After reading the list of dyadic interactions for High-Quality Connections for this weeks reading, I learned that this is also known as other-awareness and that I am certainly not alone in the actions I take while building my relationships! Another characteristic that I use repetitively while building a relationships with another person is empathy. Being emotional is something I consider to be my most precious gift while also existing as my fatal flaw. Thankfully, when I am using my emotions to feel something for someone else, it has certainly made me feel more compassionate and more deeply for them. To me, empathy seems like an important tool for promoting support and ultimately being able to fully understand who the other person is. Putting myself in another’s person’s shoes emotionally only seems necessary when someone is being exposed so unembellished the way they are when connections are being built. Emotions are some of the most vulnerable parts of ourselves, and when they are shared or even processed through another person, high quality connections can be miraculously strengthened.

Components of a Romantic Relationship

While hard to come by at even a college age, I believe that competence in a romantic college aged relationship consists of a set of skills that you would consider the basic rules of a healthy relationship: honesty, communication, respect. These are things we have all been taught to act upon while being romantically involved with someone else. These actions of competency in the relationship begin to illustrate your ability to basically understand that what love is to you, may not be what love is to your partner. Adjustments in attitude and even sacrifices become more common, as you come to learn the works of romance. Compared to competence that might be identified a little later in adulthood, I honestly do not think this definition of competence from a college-aged relationship changes much. We should not label love for any type of age, as well as any type of skill or ability. As Professor Salvatore discussed in class using her video of Jerry Seinfield, I agree that relationships appear to us as as incredibly complex unions that, no matter how much experience we have or time we spend in relationships, will always remain a difficult subject to perfect. Relationships are uniquely built in ways that make it impossible to be 100% prepared for the trials and tribulations of them. Sometimes, the secret to true happiness goes beyond the simple relationship principles of life, though. A lot of simple principles contribute to making couples happy. One particular couple I have in mind I know are continuously appreciating each other and being grateful for the days they get to spend together. They are constantly complimenting each other, as well as discussing full details of things that bring them alive as two people together in a couple. It makes the other feel fulfilled—like they invested in someone who is aware of their full presence. They don’t let the bad affect them, and view their love as a band-aid that cures the adverse outcomes of the day. It’s all about taking the perspective of someone else, and being able to make sacrifices despite personal opinion. I feel they have overcome challenges by [after attaining the mental strength to do so], setting their personal preferences aside for the better of the relationship. This can be manifested through many problems that arise over the course of the relationship. Anything that elicits reaction is a chance to reassess the nature of the unification.

The Light at the End of the Dark Tunnel — Blog post #4

Although depression and anxiety is a serious mental illness that comes along with serious life altering symptoms, it can be extremely useful in some instances regarding self-awareness. I believe that depression is the eye into who we are; it helps us target some specific feeling and it places it on a pedestal for private examination. The cognitive symptoms that are given off by depression include things like questioning and analyzing, which ultimately lead to a more introspective standpoint. Through all of this, our depression has guided us through developing a deeper understanding of ourselves and our lives. All of the time depressed people spend in solitude gives them time to figure out a sense of self and a sense of meaning. Not all people who aren’t depressed, but some of them, don’t even acknowledge their own feelings. This goes hand in hand with how you could use a depressive personality style to your benefit. Making use of this introspective state could be extremely helpful and become motivation for turning themselves into the person they want to be. As I was reading the “’Does This Mean I’m Crazy?” article and about the stigma of medication prescribed to depressed and anxious patients, it reminded me of the time my mom worked as a receptionist at a psychiatrist’s office. She would come home and tell me stories how her boss’s patients were complaining about the possibility of being prescribed for their illness. The worry that struck home with me the most was the Will I Look Like a Zombie one, because my mom would specifically voice their concerns of replicating a literal Zombie! I had never really thought about it before but that example just further reiterates the stigma of medication for mental illness. After deciding that I need to make some positive mindset changes, I have decided to drag out the different positive psychology exercises in the “Positive Psychology Progress” over the course of the semester on my social media for this class. I want to focus on building myself upon the foundations of my own strength and hopefully receive some exceptional satisfaction with life.

In my exercise interview, my subject expressed that to get rid of her anxiety she likes to play with her cat and/or take part in relaxation techniques. She attends yoga classes at the gym, and has just been introduced to learning how to meditate. Between myself and my pet bunny, my roommate and her puupy and this girl and her cat, I’m beginning to notice that a lot of people engage in companionship to rid themselves of anxiety or depression, especially someone like their pet who is and has been there to accept unconditionally. Pets embody a soothing presence that make us feel responsible, which boosts mental health. That is probably what my subject is feeling when she spends time with her cat to distract herself from her anxiety.

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Paths of Personalities–Blog post #3

When I received my scores back for our class survey, I was immediately blown away by how accurately it had end up depicting me by only bouncing around four different dimensions of personality (impulsivity, sensation seeking, depression, and anxiety). I scored much higher in the depression & anxiety category than I did in the sensation seeking and impulsivity category. I consider myself to be much more reserved and introverted than extroverted, so this result was nothing astonishing. While I was exceptionally surprised with how well I thought the survey read me, it left me with a feeling that my weaknesses are a lot more transparent than what I had been previously lead to believe. A computer, who has no ability to cognitively assess who I am, has successfully pinned me down with nothing more than a series of questions. I think our predispositions are huge influencers of our decisions or life choices. What else would our choices be guided by if none other than our own attitudes? We reflect an element of ourselves by the actions we take. A pro of listening to your gut feeling is that you are responding to your inner voice. Acting upon a gut feeling usually involves acting upon instinct to get rid of an unusual sense of foreboding. By doing so, you are protecting yourself from anxiety and paranoia. It is important to keep your own health in mind and listening to that sixth sense of yours gives you that control. On the other hand, trusting your gut may not be so helpful because of how sudden it urges you to act. Trusting your gut eliminates all systems of detailed analysis and logic, and acts off of a feeling we unconsciously perceive and respond to stimuli. As we learned about in class, making rash decisions could create impulsive habits which could cause some poor decisions making. There are instances in my every day life where I have noticed certain associations between my personality and cognitive style & how I process information. As I mentioned earlier, I consider myself to be a mostly reserved and introverted. From our lectures, we learned that being sensitive is a certain aspect of the introverted category. Whenever I have received constructive criticism in my life, it has been hard to make it constructive. I appreciate input, but am so easily offended by harsh feedback. Everything I hear has a way of sticking with me, because of how sensitive I am to these critique’s. Another good example of my having a reserved personality is the fact that I spend a lot of alone time on Friday’s and Saturday nights. While all of my friends are out drinking, being social and being wild, I’m at home curled up with a good book or Netflix movie for the night and during these hours do I thrive on self reflection and clarity.

A Positive Change–Blog post #2

After being introduced to positive psychology in class and how it can incredibly impact attitude and offer a happier outlook of life, I became immediately motivated to start implementing ways to highlight strengths that help me thrive in every day life. I knew it was going to be hard, because I am not a very positive person. I get so easily brought down by the smallest of tragedies—it would almost seem like staying positive is the last thing that is on my mind. Thinking positive is just not second nature for me, so in pursuing this mindset I believe I will be inevitably faced with a lot of obstacles. Among many, I think my biggest obstacle will be taming my emotions. I am an incredibly emotional being, which is one of the reasons it is so difficult to adjust to a completely positive lifestyle—my negative emotions will only act as a deterrent to this life change. Another huge obstacle that I think I will be facing is dispositional habits. Because I am so used to acting on and reacting to the world in a way that I have taught myself to be appropriate, it is wired into my brain and will be difficult rewiring myself to react to certain situations with a lighter perspective. My incentive for this lifestyle change is looking inside myself now and imagining how I might feel in the future. Upon reflection, I realize not only that giving up and not trying to make a positive change would only leave me a feeling of guilt, but also that my hopelessness is self-fulfilling. Looking at things in the long run and imagining what life could be like without change is one of the most effective ways to motivate me to do something. To build on this change, I want to make lists daily of things that make me feel happy or productive. Looking at all the things I have going on right in my life that I have to be thankful for looks much bigger written out on paper than it does bouncing around in your head. I want to start somewhere achievable, so I also plan on starting small and setting some short term goals before I commit to any serious long term ones that overwhelm me and make me feel small. The last main thing I will do to build on my better looking vision of the future is to work drastically to raise my self-esteem. More specifically, I want to start thinking about who I am and what I love about me; applaud myself when I make accomplishments worthy of praise.

Components of well being (Blog post 1)

I think well being is very necessary for a fulfilling life. It is so important to be good to yourself, especially in the hectic blur of life that we seem to repeatedly dread. There are so many facets of life that we can easily access for healthy practices which has a significant impact on our personal well beings. An abundance of productive decisions can contribute to well being, a couple being receiving daily exercise or eating a balanced diet. Both of these continue to refresh the body and restore energy. Working out releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain that is necessary for feelings of pleasure and happiness. That means that working out literally is proven to make you happier. Getting a good night’s sleep also positively impacts an individuals well being. If you pursue supportive relationships with family and friends, you are more likely to have reduced stress and improved self worth & self esteem. Having people who make you feel good make yourself feel even better. Most importantly, a huge component to well being is practicing hobbies/activities that you love and enjoy. It’s positive energy gives you purpose and makes you feel valued and/or passionate.