“Positive thinking evokes more energy, more initiative, more happiness”- Unknown
Before taking Positive Psychology my thoughts about the course were:
Before taking Positive Psychology, I thought that the course would be about positive thought and it’s impact on an individual, which was somewhat true. I also thought that it would be a class that I wouldn’t get much from. I believe in thinking positively but I want sure how much I would buy in to that as a form of Psychology, I thought it might be a little too “touchy feely” for me, and that I wouldn’t really learn new ways of thinking. I didn’t think that there was going to be a lot of good information and definitely didn’t expect to learn about previous studies, pioneering psychologists, and how to research happiness. I expected it to be much leas focused on research and much more about hope and thought.
An Ah-Ha moment for me was learning about….
An ah-ha moment for me would was when learning about how it is so easy to impact happiness. Through studying Positive Psychology, I was able to understand that doing the smallest things can make a difference in regards to making yourself and others happy. Taking time out to change your way of thinking, changing a habit, or even doing something nice for someone else can really change the way you feel. These types of actions can effect happiness and really improve overall well being. I learned so many ways that I can improve my own personal well being and putting them into action really did change my mindset and made me a happier person.
Positive Psychology opened my eyes to…
Positive Psychology has opened my eyes to a new school of thought. It has really helped me to understand what it means to be positive and how easy it is to make changes to improve overall happiness. I have learned how habits are such an important part of our life, how to change them, and how to use them to my advantage. I have learned how to add new habits into my life without really disrupting my schedule. I have also learned about the study of Positive Psychology as a whole and how psychologists use it to change behavior. I learned about the benefits and negative implications of optimism as well as pessimism. I also learned how these attitudes can impact happiness. I learned about all of the ways that happiness can be effected such as, culture, religion, social comparison, etc. I also now understand that there is a happiness set point that may be responsible for some of the ways that we feel. I learned a lot of great information and will use much of it in my life. I will use everything that I learned about habits throughout my life. I will also use some of the tools I have learned to increase happiness like doing small acts of kindness for others and so much more.
About the author: Angela Sinicrope is a student at Chaminade University studying Psychology. She currently lives in Phoenix Arizona as a very happy newly-wed. Her goals are to continue her education in psychology and to pursuing a graduate degree in Organizational Psychology where she can combine my business background with my love for psychology.
‘We are the Positive Psychology People’