This semester of science of happiness has definitely shown me a lot and taught me more about myself. The topics we covered this semester were: Genetics and Happiness, Positive Psychology, Strengths, depression and mood states, Romantic Relationships, mindfulness, Getting to know yourself, positive emotions and positive interventions, Social and Emotional Learning, Academic and Career Wellbeing, Physical well-being, and Positive Identity. The major ones that stick out to me the most, were romantic relationships and Social and Emotional learning. I could relate to these from a personal aspect which made for a better understanding of the material to me. I will commit to practicing keeping a healthy relationship with my family members and my significant other. I will commit to my social and emotional learning by controlling my stress level and emotional levels. I plan to share this information across my social media page, talk about it to my family, and practice mindful games to help control my emotions. While this post is very short, I feel I covered my thoughts a most meaningful subjects well.I enjoyed getting to experience a different type of class this semester and learning about different topics.
The past couple of weeks the class has been talking about Social and Emotional Learning, mindfulness, and how we can help others in their time of social stress. I feel these topics I was able to connect to more on a personal level than some of the others. It has been an emotional year for me and so where I stand with my learning in that is, I have found out more about me than I ever knew before. So far this year, emotionally, I lost my beloved cat that I have grown up with since I was a youngster, I closed out my 4 years of high-school with friends, teachers, and Graduation, I moved into a residence hall away from the comfort of my own home and surroundings (love being here though) and just the adjustment to college or more responsibility and handling of a lifestyle where it is mostly on me. While I have loved and been waiting for those milestones to come, it does take an emotional toll of me sometimes. Thankfully though, I am able to do YOGA more often now, be a part of the Swim Club, and enjoy being with new friends. Those to me have helped me the most in a mindfulness way of balancing out my emotional pulls. I have also enjoyed learning about how the mind works in ways of social and emotional learning. I feel it is important for all of us to find ways of releasing our frustration and emotional pulls and tugs since it isn’t healthy for your mind and spirit to have that bottled up inside. (https://www.washoeschools.net/Page/4641)
I have learned a lot within the past 6 weeks during the Science of Happiness class. Along with physical ways to relieve stress,balance mental and physical struggles and signs of depression, I have also learned my strengths and weakness. I didn’t realize what my strongest strength was which is Love, and the weakest being Love of learning. I was surprised by the result but than being to think about it more in depth and looking back on y actions, I could see why the results where what they are. Throughout the last couple weeks I also have been reflecting on behaviors that have run through my family, seeing if any of it related to depression or anxiety, and definitely mood states. Once I understood what caused the mood swings, I was able to associate it with my family. Science of Happiness is helping me understand what goes into our moods and how our mind processes happiness and our feelings. I enjoy learning about the processes in which our mind takes emotion and relays it back to our actions. I hope to continue broadening my knowledge in science of happiness with how to be successful and use mindfulness in a time of stress and when I have emotions constantly building up.