The Journal of Positive Psychology: Dedicated to Furthering Research and Promoting Good Practice

Before reading this article, I never knew much about positive education. It is defined as education for both traditional skills and happiness. It’s purpose is to create a positive environment in an educational setting.

With positive education comes many benefits for students. Like, increase positive emotions, meaning and engagement, and decrease mental illnesses. I feel that having this environment as a student would have made learning more enjoyable for everyone. Everyone would have so interest in the topics due to the increased levels of creativity. Especially acknowledging everyone’s differences and promoting a positive atmosphere for students.

Do you believe having positive psychology would be more helpful or less for students?

Social Interactions and Well-Being: The Surprising Power of Weak Ties

Before reading this article, I knew that it was going to discuss day to day interactions. It showed me that having some interactions with people that don’t have strong role in my life, can still make a difference. In that you a day without these interactions can seem meaningless and empty.

I find great pleasure having conversations with close friends and family. However, the day to day conversations I have with people can also make an impact in my day and even my week. I tend to be happier after having light positive conversations in the passing of the day. No matter who I’m talking with, I can find an impact in my day and life.

Does conversations with those who are not your friend or family also make an impact on your day?

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

Before reading this article I knew that it was talking about ways to promote forgiveness. This article defines forgiveness as the reduction in vengeful and angry thoughts, feelings, and motives that may be accompanied by or the increase in some form of positive thoughts, feelings, and motives towards the offending person.

I learned that you must not only promote releasing anger but moving towards a positive path. The idea of a forgiveness intervention is when everyone works together to help someone move forward for the better.

I feel that everyone should be forgiving in some way, since it allows you to move on.

Personally, I’m an extremely forgiving person and because of this it has hurt me in the past. I forgive people easily because I feel that people make mistakes and can grow from it. However, from past experiences being extremely forgiving has led to people stream rolling me.

Is it easy or hard for you to forgive?

Differences in Character Among U.S. College Students

Before reading this article, I knew that it was going to discuss the different personalities that are seen in college. The article talks about character strengths in students and to see if there was any correlation between gender, age, and race.

They were able to determine this through through the questionnaire Values in Action Inventory of Strengths (VIA-IS). From the results, you see that the results you see that character strength was similar between race, gender, age, relationship status, years of education, and work status. The test looks for 24 character strengths organized under six broad virtues: forgiveness, fairness, leadership, citizenship, kindness, humor/playfulness, social/personal intelligence, perspective,  spirituality/religiousness,gratitude,intimacy, love of learning, appreciation of beauty, curiosity, creativity, perseverance, self- control/self regulation,hope/optimism, zest, prudence, judgment, modesty/humility, honesty, integrity, and bravery/valor.

One thing from this article that really amazed me was that there was 11 of the 24 character differences between genders. From this article it showed me that our experiences shape us. Also, that our personalities are subject to change overtime due to changes.

Annual Research Review: On the developmental neuropsychology of substance use disorders

Before reading this article, I knew that it was going to discuss substance abuse and its correlation with the youth. It mentions in the article that adolescence is a time of development that is necessary for adulthood. That during adolescences it’s easier for a child to become addicted to drugs, since your brain isn’t fully developed making you more vulnerable to substance abuse.
The development process of addiction includes predisposing factors, adolescent developmental processes, maintenance, and addiction. The first part includes genetic factors and environmental context. While, the next stage includes adolescences need for drug experimentation. Maintenance is when the habit is being formed and you are becoming tolerant. While, the last stage was addiction as you begin to show signs of tolerance and withdrawal.
From this article I was truly shocked by how much your brain can be affected by substances, especially abuse.
Do you think society is a reason why adolescences start abusing drugs?

Interdisciplinary Research on Close Relationships

From the title alone, I was able to determine that the article was going to talk about how to have meaningful and comforting adult relationships that would benefit you in your daily life. Such as partners need to be each others support system and an encouraging factor in their life.

In the article it mentions “anger of hope” vs. the “anger of despair” by comparing the two couples. Both situations show one person taking a negative affect to the situation causing trouble in the relationship. One by saying something that was untrue and hurtful and the other situation shows the person just walking away. From this example, I took away that in any relationship you need to be considerate to the other person’s feelings and be able to communicate what you feel properly.

The article also mentions that relationships you’ve had since you were a toddler determine the ones in your future. Having a secure bond with your family and peers should lead to having that with your significant other later in life.

Do you think the past has a major impact on future relationships?

Contemplating Mindfulness at Work: An integrative Review

This article talks about how mindfulness is extremely beneficial for behavior, emotions, cognition, attention, and physiology. Researchers wanted to see how mindfulness could improve the work place and give some insight to organizational leaders. Mindfulness is able to control our attention and keep us in the present instead of wandering around, which is what most of us do while we’re awake. You can easily notice a huge improvement in job performance after use mindfulness methods.

I know a family friend that uses mindfulness techniques in their work space and they’ve noticed a huge improvement in their work. They are able to accomplish more tasks since they are more motivated and able to concentrate. Personally, I find that after using mindfulness techniques I tend to be more motivated to accomplish my work. Since, that is a result for me I can see how it can impact the work space in a positive way.

Having seen this result of work ethic improvement, why do you think mindfulness is still not used in all offices around the world?

Positive Emotions in Positive Psychology

From the title of the article, you can automatically assume that this article is talking about the correlation between positive emotions and positive psychology. One thing is that it talks about how having positive emotions on a daily basis will lead to you making better decisions, which will lead to a better life. This article showed taught me about broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions. That you basically build off of your positive emotions and in doing so improve your daily life. I know that whenever I feel at my best that I usually make the best decisions for myself. One thing that shocked me in this article was when they said positive emotions may fuel individual differences in resilience. That someone who tends to be more positive has a greater resilience while those who show negative emotions take longer to bounce back. From this is makes me think that I should always look at things as a glass half full. To make the best of every situation that I’m in because going into something with the right mindset makes it all worth it. This article showed me that staying positive and thinking of bad situations as opportunities will in turn change your life for the better!

Health-Related Variables and Academic Performance Among First-Year College Students

From an early age, we all hear that eating a balanced breakfast and getting a good amount of sleep is necessary to perform at peak shape whether it being school or just in general . This article went in depth of this by saying your health and academic performance have a correlation. Coming to college I realized how important sleep, nutrition, and time management are to be a functioning college student.

Having friends that stay up until 4 A.M with an 8 A.M class, I see how sluggish and inattentive they are in their classes. While, others tend to sleep at 11 P.M and wake up at 8 A.M, in which they feel more prepared for the day. You can see a huge difference in their behavior and work ethic. You can also see a difference when you eat a balanced breakfast to when you don’t. Anytime I don’t eat breakfast I’m unable to focus in class and tend to not put forth my best effort. However, when I actually eat I feel more prepared and ready to put 100% of my focus into my work.

This study proved that to have a better academic performance you need to take care of yourself. All around this article was very informational!

Silver Linings for Patients with Depression?

From the title alone, you can infer that the article will be about a bright prospect in a gloomy topic, that being depression. Depression is defined as a serious medical condition in which a person feels very sad, hopeless, and unimportant and often is unable to live a normal life. Everyone usually has two viewpoints on depression; 1) the depression is a deadly disease with fatal symptoms and 2) that it’s an act of free will designed to escape an unbearable situation. I always thought that when it comes to depression that people decided for themselves. However, over time I realized that I was wrong.

Depression and suicide shouldn’t be taken lightly! It’s a serious topic that isn’t discussed in today’s  society. However, when it is actually discussed it has a terrible impact on the youth because of the details that are shared. One thing that really surprised me from this article, was that people who have mild depression are usually medicated at a young age while, those seriously do need help aren’t receiving it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From the title of the article alone I knew that it would deal with positivity and psychology. This article showed me though that some of our traits are buffers to mental illness. Such as; hope, honesty, work ethic, faith, courage, optimism, interpersonal skill, perseverance, and etc. Having a positive outlook in life brings you happiness. Positive psychology is all about experiences: well-being, contentment, and satisfaction, hope and optimism, and flow and happiness. However, it also deal with the individual and their positive traits, such as; courage, forgiveness, love, hope, interpersonal skill, mindfulness, wisdom, sensibility, spirituality, originality, and talent.

Our experiences shape us! Having a positive attitude towards things in your life will help change your mood. Like when they say laughter is the best medicine, or that you should always start the say with the smile. Positivity can help impact your day for the better. I always try to have a positive attitude since I’ve seen its impact on a daily basis. This article showed me though that some of our traits are buffers to mental illness. Such as; hope, honesty, work ethic, faith, courage, optimism, interpersonal skill, perseverance, and etc.

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Before reading this article, I just assumed that it would only talk about how genetics impact an adolescent, based on the title. After reading the article, it showed me how genetics play a role in shaping an adolescent. Especially being an adolescent you start to experience new things from physical changes, psychological development, to social role transitions. That genetic influences increase when adolescents shape and select their environment. However, I find that the setting that you were brought up in has a greater impact rather than genetics. I believe that adolescents tend to put themselves in risky situations due to the environment that they were brought up, not being of genetic influences. in I liked how the article showed research from twins and kids that were adopted to help widen the research. One thing that really shocked me about this article was the underage drinking. I never knew that some adolescents started drinking at just the age of 12. All together, I really enjoyed the article.

My question is that kids who are being exposed to things at an early age, does that influence them as they start to age? Does it influence them to take part of risky behaviors as they age?

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Before reading this article, I just assumed that it would only talk about how genetics impact an adolescent, based on the title. After reading the article, it showed me how genetics play a role in shaping an adolescent. Especially being an adolescent you start to experience new things from physical changes, psychological development, to social role transitions. That genetic influences increase when adolescents shape and select their environment. However, I find that the setting that you were brought up in has a greater impact rather than genetics. I liked how the article showed research from twins and kids that were adopted to help widen the research. My question is that kids who are being exposed to things at an early age, does that influence them as they start to age? Does it influence them to take part of risky behaviors as they age? All together I really enjoyed this article!

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In the article, Promoting and Protecting Mental Health as Flourishing: A Complementary Strategy for improving National Mental Health, Keyes breaks down both mental health and illness and compares the terms “flourishing” and “languishing” and their impact on our life’s. From the title of the article alone, I knew the article was going to touch more on the term flourishing since its one that I’ve never heard before. I truly assumed that the article was just going to discuss how we needed more people aware of mental illnesses and different ways to reach out to those with a mental illness. However, after reading the article, I was surprised by how it gave me a different outlook on mental illnesses. It showed me that someone can have a mental illness and still be flourishing and that there are people that are able to handle it, instead on just being languish. This article made me reflect on my life, and I can honestly say that I don’t see myself as either languish or flourishing, but more in the middle. I hope that I can one day reach that point of flourishing where I no longer am unsure of myself and my abilities, however I’m not there, yet. I was aware of some of topics discussed like how mental illness is starting to increase and numbers, all around the world, namely the United States. “Threefold increase in teen suicide, more adults with anxiety and depression, and more lifestyle and stress- related chronic physical health conditions.” (Keyes). However, I was unaware of the difference in the terms flourishing and languish, like how flourishing is when someone is more cheerful and has aspirations they hope to achieve, or even have a well understanding of themselves. While, languish is someone who is unfulfilled with their own lives and are depressed. My only question is, with everything that we continue to learn about mental illnesses, why are more people unaware or accepting that mental illnesses are an illnesses?