While Science of Happiness ended up being different than what I expected, I still enjoyed the class and learned a lot of new information.
I’m not sure if I see any changes in myself right now but there are definitely some things from this class that I want to incorporate into my life. As I have mentioned in many of my posts I was most inspired by what we learned during our week of mindfulness. I am still so amazed by the positive benefits and effects that living mindful can have on your overall health and mind. Before our lesson on mindfulness I thought the only way type of meditation was the kind where you sit down, close you eyes, and try to tune out the rest of the world. But when I learned about walk meditation and realized it was something I practiced almost daily I started to hold that time more importantly and really tried to concentrate on being in the moment and focus on my surroundings as I walk. Walking is definitely a form of meditation for me and a time for me to forget about all the crazy things happening in my life and instead clear my mind and focus. I am hoping that walking will be my gateway into mediation and will help me in working towards achieving a mindful life.
My scores didn’t really change that much from the pre-class survey to the post-class survey. The scores for my overall well-being stayed the same, which is something I am ok with because I know from the other well-being survey we had to take for Wu-Pong I have a thriving well-being. My satisfaction with life scale went up by 4 points which is definitely a good thing and reflects the good semester I’ve had and my excitement to graduate next week. My positive affect also went up, while my negative affect went down. While I am not exactly clear on what those things mean I can only image going up in positivity and down in negativity are good things as well.
Again, I am happy I was part of the test run for Science of Happiness, and hope it stays around in future semesters and that other students get to learn the valuable information that I did.
we did it!