“You are essentially who you create yourself to be and all that occurs in your life is the result of your own making.”                                                    ― Stephen Richards

When I made the decision to enroll in this class as opposed to a different one, it was because I was struggling with dealing with a lot of stuff at work and at home and I was having a hard time with my attitude. I was starting to notice that stress was taking over my life and I knew that my workload at work was going to drastically increase while my free time to unwind was going to decrease. I felt like this course would help me with dealing with those things and give me some good techniques to do so. I’ve taken courses with Professor Soots before, so I knew what to expect with the course load and that I would learn some awesome ways to help with keeping a positive attitude.

It comes from within

An Ah-Ha moment for me was learning about intrinsic motivation versus extrinsic motivation and the benefits of intrinsic motivation. It was really eye-opening learning about how important intrinsic motivation, as opposed to extrinsic motivation, is in changing your habits. It is also incredibly important in keeping a positive attitude about the tasks I’m completing. Intrinsic motivation is important because it helps keep you happy about what you’re doing and it helps you focus more on the benefits of the task you’re accomplishing as opposed to the rewards of actually completing it. Learning about intrinsic motivation really just helped remind me that I need to do things for myself as opposed to doing them because I want a reward or because I don’t want to get in trouble.

The real eye-opener…

Positive Psychology opened my eyes to the fact that I find myself typically motivated by making other people happy or doing things for other people. I need to learn to refocus in order to make myself happy and not concern myself as much with worrying about other people. Positive Psychology in general has helped me with discovering some great techniques to really improve my day-to-day attitude. I’ve learned a lot about how important making positive and productive habits are to being happy as well as keeping me in a good state of mind while dealing with everything at work and at home. This course has really helped me in reminding myself that not only am I the one responsible for my own happiness, but also that there are methods and techniques out there in order to help me do so.

About the author: 29 year old Nicole Laing is originally from San Diego. She has worked with computers for the Air Force as an enlisted troop for 6 ½ years. She loves her three dogs and  kitten that  basically run her life. Nicole would like to become a physical therapist after she makes  Chief Master Sergeant or  becomes a commissioned officer.


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