Univ Science of Happiness Class
Blog Post #3
The Science of Happiness class has taught me extremely relatable and necessary information to benefit my mental, psychological, and physical wellbeing. We learned about positive psychology, different effects yoga has on the mind and body, guided meditation, stress relief, anxiety, depression and mindfulness. The topics that stood out to me the most was understanding the differences between mood states and depression, practicing mindfulness, and guided meditation.
In the reading Contemplating Mindfulness at Work: An Integrative Review they give us statistical proof on how staying and being mindful is beneficial to our work environment, stress and anxiety levels, and increase or decrease in attention span. In two studies, mindfulness sped recovery from negative emotions after both a mood induction (Keng, Robins, Smoski, Dagenbach, & Leary, 2013) and public speaking (Brown, Weinstein, & Creswell, 2012). Mindfulness training has also produced a shorter time to peak arousal in a sample of patients with social anxiety (Goldin & Gross, 2010). Mindfulness has also been proven to increase positivity in emotional reactivity and general emotional tone, Dr. Good had also discussed how practicing mindfulness can increase awareness and attention span, and an absence of it can increase anxiety, depression and cortisol (stress hormone). This can also be directly related to mood states. Experiencing anxiety or depression is possible that it can be more of a permanent state, but its more common to experience these as mood states. Mood states are certain emotions we feel on a high level but only for temporarily. Guided meditation was also very beneficial to my everyday life because I did not see yoga and mediation to help me live in the moment and practice being mindful, but with guided mediation, it helps us focus on certain aspects such as breathing, and feeling our muscles relax from our neck to the bottom of our spine and appreciating the present.
It is vital for everyone especially students under a great deal of stress to be informed in these subjects. It is only helpful to ourselves to understand what mood states are, enjoy guided meditation and practice mindfulness because it improves and keeps us constantly in a positive mental, physiological, and physical state. I will apply the content of what I’ve learned by using the weekly-guided meditation link, and taking time at the end of the day and listing what I am grateful for. I have already started to list the things at the end of the day that have gone right and what I could have done for that to have happened and something I can continue to work on is trying to find time for myself in such a hectic schedule I have for myself. I plan on spreading this message in my future by continuing the weekly social media posts, it is a great way to spread positive messages to our friends in a way that doesn’t make everyone feel like they’re doing a school assignment!