“Psychology is more than just a subject or theory to me, it is a foundation for how I go through life and from which I learn and grow”.
The growing field of Positive Psychology is based on the science of happiness and of individual strengths. Learning my unique strengths and tools to build on those strengths and to improve my weaknesses are found all throughout Positive Psychology. As I learn to adapt to change and stress, I find myself more relaxed and more prepared to combat challenges from a positive, mindful, and productive mindset. This is important as I care about how I represent myself through challenges and to individuals I love and respect. I love my family and that gives me great motivation for self-improvement. I believe a day without learning or working towards a better self is a day wasted. There is always room to grow.
Before taking Positive Psychology
Before taking Positive Psychology, I struggled implementing positive habits and breaking negative ones. I often found myself using commonly acceptable excuses for those bad habits, such as there is not enough time in the day or I have no energy. However, while taking Positive Psychology, I learned about the power of triggers, trigger-blockers, and mindfulness. Triggers are an activation or reminder to complete a goal and create a habit. Trigger blockers are the prevention or reminder not to engage in a negative habit. Mindfulness is a state of mind that focuses on the present and to relax. For instance, there is the story of the man struggling to walk up the stream. He passes a wise man who points out that it would be much easier to go with the current then against it. That does not mean to give up in the face of adversity but to acknowledge what has happened and where you are in a current situation and make the best of it.
Make use of my new tools
Using triggers, trigger blockers, and mindfulness, I was able to make small changes in the routine of my day that improved my happiness and flow of the schedule and structure of the week. One great area of improvement was reevaluating time consuming activities. I implemented triggers focused on time productivity and therefore was able to balance all my responsibilities without becoming overwhelmed or stressed. I know have the resources to make positive change in my life using triggers and implement new habits-that is the power of Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology provides tools and thoughts that make self-improvement and happiness possible.
About the Author: Madison Crawford is a student at Chaminade University. She is highly active with her siblings, pets and being outdoors. Madison has a straight course of finishing up her psychology degree and moving straight on through to a Masters degree and Doctoral degree.