PEACE: freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility. Upon entering this class I started on this journey where i was trying to find myself. It started a coupe months ago. I was going through a rough patch in my life and I forgot how it felt to smile. One day my friend asked me, “What makes you happy?” When I set back and thought about the question, I kept coming up with no answer. In that moment i promised myself I will know what makes me happy. I started off my getting a self meditating book. It gave me key point when it came to meditating and other ways to relax throughout the day. As I continued my journey and continued to search for that inner peace I realized the biggest secret to being happy is simple, just be. I picked this class because I wanted to further my knowledge on happiness.
The very first thing that grab my attention in this class was the statement, “If you want to be happy, Be.” So far we spoke on several topics; genetic influences on behavior, positive psychology, keyes’ model of complete mental health/flourishing, depression, anxiety, and mood states. All the which bring us back to the word, mindfulness: “…the ability to know what is going on in your head at any given moment without getting carried away by it.” -Dan Harris.
We spoke on mental flourishing through the idea of P.E.R.M.A; “P” is for positive emotion which basically are strategies that cultivate positive emotions. The “E” stands for engagement, being highly absorbed in, involved in, or focused on life activities. “R” represents, Relationships, feeling valued by others in close, mutually-satisfying relationship. “M” express, Meaning which is having a sense of purpose often related to a belief in something larger than the self. Last, “R” which symbolize, Accomplishments which sometimes are referred to as achievement, but pursued for the sake of mastery for one’s own sake rather than external reward.
It was also noted that, the cause of Human behavior is 50% genetics influence, and 50% environmental influence. Different types of genetic influences can be Mendelian disorder, chromosomal disorder, and complex traits. Mendelian disorder is single gene, highly penetrate, serve, and only affect a small % of people. Chromosomal disorder, insertions, deletions of chromosomal sections, serve, and affect a small % of people. An example of chromosomal disease is down’s syndrome. Complex traits, have multiple genes, environmental, affect a large % of the population, susceptibility, not destiny. Examples of complex traits are, depression, alcohol dependence, antisocial behavior.
At one point, one of my bestfriends suffered from depression and anxiety , so when we discussed it in Science of Happiness, it kind of hit home. everyone has been sad before and have described it as depressed. Well, depression is a different sadness. It interfere with your day-to-day life. As well as, your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and have fun. You constantly are feeling helpless, hopeless, and worthless. anxiety and depression are believed to stem from the same biological vulnerability. there are different treatments such as multiple medications and therapy/ counseling. They’re several ways to restore balance including mind, body and spirit. A video was presented to show what is feelings like to have anxiety. To listen and watch through the eyes of a person with anxiety i could never imagine living with the feeling daily.
The most meaningful exercise we did is this class that was more related and I plan to continue on using, is when we had to write down three good things that happened to us and why. This assignment was the easiest to relate to, because often we find ourselves counting to 10 or taking deep breathes to relax. Yet, we rarely take the time out to look on the brighter side of things. Yes, we may breathe and relax for the time being, but when we get home or is asked about our day the same feeling of stress return. How many times have you set back and took a horrible situation and looked at the brighter side of it?