Blog Post #3

Blog Post #3

Yeleum Lee

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!

 

Blog Post 2

Blog Post 2

Most of the material we have covered in weeks 5-10 has been different mental and behavioral habits charted by time. We recorded the amount of sleep, eat, and movement we got, different types of meditation skills from the guided relaxation websites, and the different things that made us happy or our day went well and why this may have happened. Recording our sleep/movement/or eating habits came into play with keeping track of what positive things happened in our day and why it might have happened. While keeping track of the positive things that have occurred to use daily also showed us a pattern of our eating/movement/and sleep patterns. We also learned about positive identity and understanding how to regulate emotion and read emotions sometimes not always verbal and the science of yoga. These two go hand in hand because in yoga we are taught mindfulness and different way to relax physically and mentally and i think this also helps to regulate our emotions and be able to read emotions in others as well. After discovering these connection between the different practices and positive relationships/identity, I would say that regulating emotions within us is extremely vital because without being able to do it for ourselves it will be much more difficult to do it for others especially with no verbal communication. One thing i would change about my daily schedule is to find more time for myself to relax and sleep more. From all the exercises i enjoyed the one week guided meditation the most and try to incorporate that throughout the week. https://www.powerofpositivity.com/want-to-meditation-but-not-sure-how-here-are-6-tips-to-get-started/

Blog Post #2

Blog Post #2

In week five we had covered Positive Psychology which focuses on different ways we can think and mentally treat ourselves in a positive manner, wether its counseling or just trying to make its habit to think everyday in a positive manner to better our mental and behavioral habits. This relates to the material we had learned in week 6 about Positive Intervention because we had learned how to use our positive psychology and to think positively even about others and learn how to help others who may have troubles in their life  in a way that will effect them in a better light. In week seven and eight we learned about depression and mood states, and anxiety. Depression and mood states and anxiety are all connected because these are mostly negative traits that occur during depression. Mood states and anxiety are things that come with depression and we use the new information obtained from week five and six to cope and handle when these mood states appear. We learned in week nine and ten about positive identity and positive relationships. We learned that in positive identity its important to understand our emotions and coping mechanisms, and how to broaden and strengthen our relationships with ourselves and others. This relates to positive relationships because we take what we learned from week nine on positive identity and apply it to building positive relationships. To build positive relationships we need to understand how to regulate emotions so we know how to deal with certain scenarios and read emotions in others. Based on these lessons and connections i have discovered I would change the amount of time i make for myself. I learned that it is important to have a positive relationship with yourself as it is with others. I would change the amount of time i make available for myself to relax and meditate so i can destress from school and work. 

Resources- https://www.pinterest.com/explore/good-relationship-quotes/

SOH Blog Post #1

SOH Blog Post #1

Some of the new information i have obtained in the first four weeks of SOH is how genetic influences behavior. I was aware that genetics has some sort of play in behavior, but didn’t see who got what behavioral traits down the family line until we had drawn out a family tree to see what genetic traits and behavioral traits were passed down. This lesson also went hand in hand with how what type of environment you live in or are raised in effected your behavior. I had noticed in my family line that some of the behavioral traits that were not shared could have been related to what school we all went to and what kind of friends we associated with.

Learning about how much yoga/meditation benefited you was quite surprising. Throughout the lectures i would understand that focusing on ones breathing and peaceful sounds ( guided meditation) was helpful, but when we would physically do it in the first five minutes of class, I was less stressed and more eager to learn. I was also shocked at how much yoga could do for you physically. In one of the videos shown after lecture there was a disabled, over weight veteran who had trouble running, was able to be mobile and run after multiple months of yoga.

During the first four weeks of SOH we had went over the Keyes Model of Complete Mental Health. We had discussed that almost everyone will experience some type of mental health issues before the age of 55. We had also discussed that someone with high mental health can have mental health issues and someone with low mental health may not have any mental health issues present. We talk about emotional well being, social well being, and psychological well being, and how someone who may thrive in all three departments may still suffer from some sort of mental health issue.

Depression is something that most people go through. Most types of depression may only need a short term treatment, but in severe cases a more long term treatment may be needed. While most people may experience depression, only a small percentage is diagnosed to be clinically depressed. Anxiety is also a common mental health issue, symptoms may be short temperament, a feeling of pressure in your chest, and tiredness. Anxiety can be treated through meditation and in serious cases with medication. This can all be tied to something we also learned in class, Introduction to Positive Psychology. The purpose of positive psychology is to compliment mental illnesses and not replace them and they want to educate more people about these illnesses.

An activity i thoroughly enjoyed was briefly writing down the three positive things that happened in my day and why this may have occurred. Although nothing huge happened most of the time, thinking back at the end of the day and seeing why this may have occurred made me grateful for these scenarios even if i wasn’t grateful in the moment. It also helped me understand what i can do to continue these positive scenarios throughout my life.