Week 14- Post

Before reading this class or I should say before this class I never really heard of positive university. I think this class has really helped me to take care of myself and make of it before I carry on with my day, As cheesy as it sounds, I actually have learned to be happier from taking this class.  This article talks about the idea of positive education in the university. I liked how it talked about the import incorporating it into the curriculum and everyday teaching in courses. I think it would be cool to see it be a normal thing in universities. I could see it really helping with mental health of students and boosting test scores.

However I do see the flip side to incorporating it in every class. For my history lectures I just want to go and listen to them because I enjoy them, I wouldn’t real feel like mediating before in them. Also I think that if it is incorporated that it wouldn’t prepare college students for the real world. Our careers most of the time don’t focus on mental health and aren’t calm.  That’s why I liked this class, because it showed me how to take care of myself during an everyday normal life. What were some of your favorite exercises that we did during class?

Week 13 Post

Throughout my life I have had extreme social anxiety.  Meeting me today you would never think I did. One of the coping mechanisms that I have used is what this article talks about. I broke out and made little interaction with strangers everyday. I even ran for elections and things like that. I think this article is something that I really agree with and have already implemented in my life.  It also goes along with gift giving. You never know if just one interaction with someone could change their whole entire day. One time last year, I was at a supermarket with my friends and I smiled at a man. He went up to me and said that no one has smiled at him that day. He told me to keep up smiling at people.  I love going into places like Subway or my tutors or professors knowing that I have a personal relationships with people. It helps form a community of harmony and well being. My best friend from my hometown was made because of a random interaction. You never know who you walk past everyday.

My question to the class is when is the last time you interacted with somebody and built a relationship?

Week 12

Forgiveness is an important to have in a person.  I think carrying a grudge around is more toxic than committing an unforgivable action. I have seen a lot of people around me have wrongdoings done to them and struggled to forgive. When they finally forgive they feel like the can move on with their lives. This article proved my prior opinion that holding on to grudges hurts more. I think this is one of the hardest things that a person can master. I really look up to people that are able to do that. I do think it is important not to be naïve when it comes to dealing with people that hurt you. I think someone develops their social intelligence by learning who to forgive and remain friends with. I think their needs to be a balance a person should forgive but not forget.

When a true trait of a person shows up that is not valuable to you and that trait seems to overcome everything than I think a person should cut them off. Its important to not dwell on something and move on. I would love to see in class how a person can forgive someone and techniques to do it.  What is some advice that you would give to someone to forgive something that happened to them? What is some great moving on advice?

Week 11

Before I read this post I knew all my past knowledge from the week before in class. I taught us how personality had a lot to do with how  a person interacts with life and the kind of decisions they make.  After reading this article I found it interesting that there are such things as character strengths. I think that its cool that someone out there actually created a test to measure them for college students. It makes me wonder if we knew our strengths how much better at school and our we could be.  This article also depicted different stereotype’s between male and female. I found that interesting as well because it made them true. I would love to see more studies on why that is.

I think some questions that popped up while I was reading this was, what kind of character strength do I have?  So my question to you guys is what do you think your character strengths are?


Week 10

Before reading about substance abuse, I knew some survivors of it.  I think substance abuse is one of the hardest things to watch a person go through. Substances take away a person when they are addicted to them. This article talked about the effect of abusing a substance earlier in age will help you get addicted to it. Also the stages of addiction. I think this topic has so many areas to discuss, like environment, peer pressure, the genetic factors and mental health. Its an area that I believe in class should be discussed because college is such a time for experimenting. A lot of the people that I know here are addicted to certain substances and I think its important to discuss this issue. Our brains are not fully developed yet and its a time of change.

I think this topic correlates a lot with what we have been talking about in class in the prior.  I think this is going to be interesting next week in studying abuse. I want to learn more about breaking the cycle of addiction,

Week 9 Post

Before reading this article I always thought that a person ends up with a person that is a lot like their parents. I believe there are numerous romantic comedy movies on that belief. After reading this article I found that some of that is true but the other is the persons childhood and what their enviroment is.  I grew up in a toxic parental relationship between my mother and father. In order to not have a relationship like that and to break bad habits they formed in me I had to become very self aware. I constantly have to reflect on myself, its hard and takes time. So I firmly believe that parents have a strong effect on you.

My favorite part of the article is when it talked about insecure vs. secure parents. I think that is a key thing in parenting,  Secure parents do not yell as much, the listen, they understand and are able to control their children using positive interaction. With insecure it is the complete oppossite. This article brought my attention to how important it is as a parent to be a great influence on your child. A person cannot be perfect but being positive and using the techniques that we have learned in class will actually help for you as a parent in the future. Before reading this article I never thought that  my way of how I handle things could effect them. Reading this helped me realize the importance that you are such a role model for your children,  I think it class I just want to get more in depth with this theory. How does parenting really effect a person? Do you end up marrying someone like your parents? I want to know more studies behind this.

Week 8

Before reading this post the only prior knowledge I knew about mindfulness was it in the regards of yoga. I know whenever I go to yoga they stress the importance of mindfulness during the practice. I always thought it as being there in that moment.  After reading this article I found it to be a lot more than that.  It has to do with relationships, and leadership. Something I never associated this topic with. I liked where it talked about cohesion on a team is related to anger control by an individual. Those teams with mindfulness played better. I think this could be something that I could bring up to my team and practice myself. I loved how it talked about it helping with safety and environment on a team as well. I think that is a key thing for a team to work together. I personally worked best in environments that I felt loved and safe in. My high school team that was like that was one of my most successful teams I have been on.  The last important thing that I liked that it talked about was the idea of self awareness. I tried being more self aware this year. Instead of rushing class to class all worried thinking about the next thing I had to do I try to take time to think about how life is pretty good.  When is the last time that you took time to think about your mental state? I think as a class we could talk about practical steps to become more mindful of ourselves.


Week 7

Before reading this topic, I have heard a lot about it. Being a positive person has a lot to do with my position on the field. As a goalkeeper I have to keep a positive mindset because I will keep letting multiple goals in. I had to read multiple books on keeping a positive mindset and the importance of it.  However the broaden and build theory is new to me. I didn’t know about the science behind it. It talked about the human capacity of positive emotions is linked to flourishing as a person. I find that interesting that this is linked to happiness overall.  I want to look more into it because it seems relatively new and their was not many studies based on this theory. I think as a class we could talk about positive mindsets and more of the science behind it as well.

I also would like to view the science of those who are more happier than others. What is so different about them?

Week 6

Before reading this article I did have a lot of prior knowledge to the factors involving sleep, eating, and exercise involving a person’s health.  As a student athlete I constantly have to be aware of these factors if not I will not perform as well as I could out on the field.  This article talks about the importance of all those factors in regards with GPA.  One line that stood out to me was the fact that athletes who don’t engage in don’t engage in healthy activities have one of the lower GPA’s. I think I can agree to this statement because those I see that don’t seem to get enough sleep or eat right don’t seem to get the best grades. I think in class I want to learn about managing time and eating right. I think it’s a hard subject and actually controversial right now. I have heard that so many different ways to eat as an athlete and I am curious to see which way is the best. Also exercise, how much is too much exercise?

I also think sleep is important as well,  I just think as a class we have to be realistic in talking about this issue.  I feel like I have to sacrifice one to get the other. If I want to eat, exercise and be ok at school I have to sacrifice sleep. With my schedule I think that I have to be realistic about this issue. I think as a class we should discuss this issue but be realistic .


Social Media Post #4

The one positive thing that has occured while I am in school is the discussion and acceptance of deppression as a mental illness. I think that my own parents still dont believe in the actual science behind why people seem to be depressed. I think our generation can take pride in researching and taking the steps to help diagnose and help those with depression. I loved the science explanation in this article that talks about the differnt hormone levels in the brain.  It put an issue to my attention that I have never heard before, patients can be more depressed than others and wont get the attention they need because they need better treatment.  However, from reading this article I see that there seems alot of work to be done. How do we get those patients to get out of bed? How do we help those without any funds to be tested ? I have always believed that the people who watch these celebrities and look at what life is supposed to be seem to be more unhappy than those who dont.  I believe that I seem to happy because I dont like that much material things.

My favorite kind of days are those spent with my friends because who knows what that day could turn into.  I think this article helped give evidence to my arguement.  The thing that helps me put everything in perspective is volunteering and seeing that as a country we are very fourtunate. As you read my post you are probably tired or just had enough. College is hard enough. I think people need to step outside of that “derreguated capitialism”. I know we are in college, but a lot of us seem to be doing it just to get a great job. I agree that is important but enjoying the experience is just as important. I found that enjoying each experience and talking to those around me has actually built me more connections to the outside field than college work has. I learned the hard way that the people you surrond yourself with have an effect on you. Surrond yourself with people that love you. If you dont have that yet, love yourself first. I wanted to ask just one question really this week, how can you brighten your friends day?


Social media post #3

Once again before reading this article my prior knowledge of positive psychology from different books I have read and a class that I took in high school.  After reading this article I learned about the new and upcoming research involving positive psychology. This is so far one of my favorite articles because the author included personal stories and a great intro that many can understand. I have seen many friends that have come out of many bad situations with a positive attitude in my life even know their families all didn’t have a great home life. I think this article did a great job of mixing genetics with atmosphere, like we discussed in class.  I think the beginning of the article I can relate to learning from little kids like he did from his daughter. As soon as I read that I could relate so much to how many times kids have taught me about positive psychology and how much they notice things about you.  I also like in the conclusion where he states that people are like fish,  they flourish in the water that they are in. I loved to read each subcategory, I thought that “The development of positivity” was interesting. The fact that watching TV is pleasurable to kids in their teenage years but then don’t find happiness when they are adults in adventures is interesting to me. What could we do to interest teens in other thing s to become happy? .  I wanted to make it fun and ask again to the class when has a child made you aware of your attitude or mental state? I would love to discuss more of youth and the relation to mental health in class.

Blog Post # 2

Before reading this article I thought that genetics had little to do with teenage behavior. I thought it had a lot to do with parenting, peer pressure and other environmental factors.  After reading this article most of my predispositions were true. I think some of the things it talked about like how environmental factors were true. My mom and dad were very conservative as parents so as a result I am a conservative.  I thought it was cool how they did a twin study to show the importance of environmental factors. I think it was interesting to read about. I remember from my psychology class studying twins who were separated at birth with completely different  parents (lost at at birth). They had similar mannerisms but completely different personalities. Personally, I have a sister who is currently singing opera, a straight A’s, introverted, and loves to read. As for me, a play field hockey here at VCU, extroverted, honor roll student (school is hard for me), and a love to go out and explore.   We both have the same parents and were raised in the same atmosphere.

I would love to discuss different types of studies like this. I want to learn more about genetics in the brain that make personalities.  Why do some siblings turn out the same?  I think it would be cool to comment different scenarios in your life like mine and theories of why you think that is.


Article Response #1

      Before reading this article, the word flourishing to was unheard of to me.I never actually heard the word flourishing just the characteristics of it. I knew the facts and statistics involving depression because of a high school psychology class but not quite as in depth as this article. I am familiar with positive psychology and I am excited to learn more about it. I thought happiness involved mostly of positive thinking and your mental outlook on life but I was wrong it has to do with a lot more scientific reasoning than that. In the article it mentioned mental health effecting your physical health, I found that research and statistics not very surprising.  I have learned from this article the countless studies proving that most adults do not describe themselves as flourishing. This made want to look more in depth with this course to look at more environmental factors that have to with this and the study of the brain. This article also mentions that our country needs to have more programs to help mental health in adults. After reading I was a little confused because of the many different areas that the author touched base with and understanding all the graphs. I think the author needed to really depict what flourishing is for the reader, I was still confused at what it meant. I saw the statistic in the intro that showed that African Americans were at an advantage to flourishing, why is that? Also why does gender have no correlation with flourishing? I would love to get more in depth discussing the genetics behind that, because I find it very interesting. I want to learn more about gender differences, if there are any, to a person being happy. Overall a interesting read that lead me to think about other topics that will be discussed in his course.