Some major lessons that I learned from the content this semester is how important self-care is, how it is really okay to not know exactly what you want to do once you graduate, that healthy eating and exercising is important to mental and physiological health overall, and that having people around you who love and care for you is very important to your heath overall as well. Some smaller topics that I can connect to the larger one is the idea of building and maintaining healthy relationships through PERMA to having a support system, the My Plate to healthy eating, and hedonic happiness to self-care. The topics that were most meaningful to me were the topics about exercising because that is something that I really want to start doing more of, most definitely self-care because before I never really participated in self-care for real, and also a VERY important one was forgiveness because forgiving is a hard thing to do and I’ve come to learn that forgiving is something that can not only make the other party involved feel better, but internally you feel better.
To apply these insights to my personal life, I will further my education on the PERMA model so that I can be more of a great friend, and I can help others to become great friends as well. I will also, in my professional life, try to use what I have learned about my temperament throughout the class to better be able to work with others in different environments. Some changes I have already made include taking time out for myself, I’ve started taking long walks, and I have begun to try to eat more healthy and balanced foods. I made those changes because I have realized how much better my body and mind feel after I eat a good meal and take a long satisfying walk. Changes that I still need to work on is being more social and using my lesser used strengths that I have. I basically use my top five strengths every day, but the others I would very mush so love to tackle.
After class is over, I definitely plan on continuing posting things that I learned from class on my social media. Also, I really plan on working these topics into every day conversations that I have with people I come in contact with on a daily basis. Science of Happiness is a really cool and interesting topic once you come to know what it is, what it is about, and how to achieve your own happiness.
I’m really going to miss this class!!
This is the image that I feel best summarizes what I’ve learned this semester.
The topics of emotional resilience, getting to know yourself through your personality traits, and social and emotional learning are connected in a way. Once you are able to get to know yourself, you can build your emotional resilience by using the skills learned from social and emotional learning. Thinking back to when we took the VIA Strengths survey, we learned about our strengths, and that can also help with emotional resilience as well. For example, one of my top 5 strengths was Love of Learning. If someone was to say something mean like “oh you’re such a nerd, it irritates me,” my emotional resilience would help me cope with that and not feel bad about loving to learn. My social and emotional skills will prevent me from saying mean things back.
Larger insights that I’v learned from the class more so have to do with what I’ve learned about myself. I never realized that I was a high sensation seeker until I took the SURPS because I honestly thought I was just a borderline adrenaline junkie. I love getting on roller coasters and I want to bungee jump and zip line one day, and I just like to laugh a lot and have fun. Ever since I found out that I was flourishing even though I felt like I was languishing, I feel like I’ve been a lot happier lately.
Changes that I am working on making are my automatic negative thoughts pattern, and trying to find ways to use my other strengths from the VIA survey that I learned about. One of the readings talked about how positive thoughts and positive psychology work together, so the negative thoughts need to be tamed. Also, I am starting to write down daily reasons about what made me happy, and I try to find the good in the bad that happens. I still have A LOT of work to do, but I’ll get to where I want to be soon, hopefully.
This photo has to do with the resilience part of my post. Resilience can protect a person against stress, anxiety, depression, etc., and promotes life satisfaction. Build your emotional resilience, and live a happy life!
In the first six weeks of class we learned a lot of helpful things that can help us with trying to live our best lives. When I took the Keyes’ Flourishing Scale test, I found out that I was flourishing which was an eye opener for me because to be honest I felt like I was more so languishing. The model helped me see that I am doing more than just going along in life without a real purpose; I matter. This also relates to what we learned recently about ways to use our strengths and knowing that there is no such thing as weaknesses, only strengths that we do not use as much. That was new and surprising to me. Taking the VIA survey was really cool and I was shocked to see what my top 5 strengths were.
I always knew that genetics had some influences on behavior, but Dr. Dick confirmed that even more for me. It is kind of scary because alcoholism has had an impact on my family, but most of my family members have recognized that it is a problem and have become “social drinkers” which is a lot better. I stay away from alcohol because it is nasty and I prefer whine Lol. I refuse to let alcoholism become a part of who I am, or will be in the future.
By doing the weekly exercises, I have a learned more about myself than I’ve known in a while. I am starting to use the strategies that I’ve learned in this class to be a happier me! I will live my best life, that’s that Eudemonic happiness!!