“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”— Winston Churchill
Before Taking Positive Psychology my thoughts about the course were that I would basically just learn how people are able to maintain happiness. After taking the class I now realize that positive psychology is so much more than just happiness, such as anger and sadness and how they play a role in positivity.
Is there such a thing as too much optimism?
An Ah-Ha moment for me was learning about how optimism can be both helpful and not so much at the same time. I always thought to myself, before I took this class, that being optimistic about everything was the way to be happy. However, after coming to learn that being overly optimistic can actually be detrimental to your health in certain aspects of your life. For example, if you are always being overly optimistic, you can be let down more and more which can lead to sadness!
Seeing through clear lenses
Positive Psychology opened my eyes to the skills people can use in their everyday lives that can help lead to having a positive life. Simple things such as what you would tell yourself in a situation that would normally upset you, and it can get you into a mindset so that you train yourself to be able to handle situations that would typically anger yourself. I can definitely see how I will continue to use these concepts in my everyday life because I feel like staying positive leads to a healthy lifestyle. Especially since I consider myself a little bit of a health nut, I think it is necessary to involve the mental health as well as physical.
About the author: Troy Zupancic is a student at Chaminade University pursuing my Bachelors in Psychology. I plan on applying to PhD programs in the areas of Sports Psychology, Neuropsychology, and Industrial Organizational Psychology. I hope to practice psychology as my career.