The image above is a prime example of how far my knowledge goes on wellbeing and how to maintain it. The meme is basically saying “Look I know how to find the obvious things, but I don’t know much about the rest.” Wellbeing was that for me. Wellbeing was not something I thought about. All I knew was that I should eat well, sleep enough and exercise. This class was useful in helping my explore this topic because it keeps coming up! Another topic that comes with it is “how can we achieve it?” From reading both the Trockel et al and the Dweck article, I think they were on a similar path in that they were using a population of people to answer the questions “What is wellbeing?” and “What actions/behaviors or personalities lead one person to have a greater sense of wellbeing than another?” From these questions I would go further to ask how these practices all play into overall happiness. In class, many speakers presented on different facets of wellbeing. The one lecture I really got into was the Career Wellbeing lecture given by Sims. She gave us this little stack of strips of paper with job characteristics on them and asked us to organize them into three categories: ones we needed at our job, ones that were nice to have, but were not necessary, and characteristics that were not necessary. After I did the activity, I noticed that I had clear expectations for my dream job and it also showed me why in the past, some jobs were more enjoyable than others. While reflecting on the reading and lecture activities, I realized that if I wanted to be happy, one of the things I needed to check were my career goals and make sure that when I graduate and interview for jobs, that I’m taking all the things I need into account and not just go for any job. In past job experiences, that is exactly what I did.
Social Wellbeing is another topic that is really meaningful to explore because not only does it tie into my career choice, it is also affected by my support group. For example, I’m fairly introverted so I should not become a sales rep because I do not like talking to strangers, nor do I enjoy engaging in large social situations AT ALL. Everyone in my support group knows that, but there have been people in my life that were more extroverted and preferred social gatherings, like parties. Eventually, we fell out and I had to learn to pay attention to my social wellbeing or I am not going to be happy AND EVERYONE IN MY SUPPORT NETWORK WILL NOTICE. As far as sharing what I have learned this semester with others, I think of it like this: if I have my life straight, I can provide support and solicited advice to others. So not only am I doing myself a service, I can use my experience as a resource.
I really think the course should be called The Science of Wellbeing because everything I have learned and applied to my daily life has increased my wellbeing and in turn, my overall happiness.
photo from: https://www.generadormemes.com/meme/vfnd2ilz2fhabcm0tz9obuoo6awmwnfawj8n99q9b4yabswueao0itodxezt213