“I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness.”
Before Taking Positive Psychology my thoughts about the course were:
I thought the course was going to talk about positivity within a person and how to avoid negativity in a person’s life. Though I also thought to my self what if the course was about things deeper then just positivity within the mind. Maybe it was going to be about something completely off topic. Luckily I was wrong about my second theory. The course stayed right on track with the word Positive. I think this was the perfect timing in my life to take this course. Specifically for personal reasons as well as it correlating with my Health and Stress Psychology class.
An Ah-Ha moment for me was learning about what FLOW meant. When reading the textbook when the word FLOW appeared I was a bit confused at first, I thought maybe the word FLOW was going to mean something of more complicated to the subject. Little did I expect it to mean it is something that I absolutely love to endure and puts me on cloud nine every time I have that experience. After understanding the meaning I realized and even said “Ah-Ha” in my head when I said this sentence out loud. “Don’t mess up my flow babe.” Now I fully understand the expression I tend to use a lot with my husband.
Meaningful engagement in happiness—daily
Positive Psychology opened my eyes to the happiness I need to appreciate in my life as well as changing habits in my life to gain even more happiness. I have learned that happiness is gained and if not wanted then it most definitely will not be there. Happiness comes from so many different things and people. Throughout this course I have opened my eyes up to many new things that I never new before that gives me more happiness today. For example small things as a smile from my waitress, a good morning from the gate guard checking my ID, and even a little wave from a random little girl walking pass me on the sidewalk. Small gestures can really take a toll on someone when they are having a difficult day. My happiness from that has even encouraged me to be that person to try and make someone feel good on a bad day. The biggest thing I have learned the most about happiness is to appreciate what you have, who you have, and why you have things. I sometimes tend to forget to appreciate the people in my life who have always been their for me and have helped me get to where I am today. I know without the encouragement and support from them I probably would of have a harder time getting to where I am. Appreciating more and always remembering has brought and still brings happiness to my self. It makes me feel grateful to know what and whom I have in my life. This class has done a lot of change for the good for my self.
About the author: Jessica Serrano is a student at Chaminade University. She is also an active duty soldier in the Army. Her job is a Military Police Officer. Given the high stress, she has found course such as Positive Psychology and Health and Stress Psychology to be very enlightening. Her pride and joys are her wonderful supportive husband and her 5-month old son.