In this project, we worked upon what really makes us happy, what makes us tick in the way we do. The main construct is trying to find our own happiness, and not to forfeit it, or everything in the pursuit of it. Wee also read the book Brave New World that helped us to try and signify what the key importance of what we need, and what we actually want. The main thing that I did for this project was that I built a box that will hopefully change someone's mindset about themselves, and the world around them.
Nate annotated bibliography
Belic, Roko. "HAPPY | The Happy Movie." HAPPY | The Happy Movie. Tom Shadyac, 9 Apr. 2011. Web. 09 Feb. 2017.
In the pursuit of happiness, one must engage the surrounding community, to provide for others, and find the most intrinsic goals for oneself. Happy is the movie about happiness, and how to find it. To find happiness is truly about engaging in the community, and to make friends, have oppen added relationships with people, and not things. To support a happy community you need to help others, which is a key part to anyone’s happiness, and success in life. Most importantly, intrinsic goals to keep you going, like the drive to get better at your sport, to stay in good health, and to have the closest of relationships. Not only that but Lyubomirsky, Sheldon, and Schkade identified three salient factors that determine happiness: set point (50%), intentional activity (40%), and life circumstances (10%) (Lyubomirsky, 2007). We are social creatures, and every aspect of our lives would be brought down if we weren't brought together to help all of those around ourselves, to respect ourselves, and to pursue something dear to your heart. For Ronaldo Fadul, surfing is his passion, he does it as much as he wants, it keeps him healthy. Neuroscientists might explain Ronaldo’s zest for life by analyzing his brain activity and responses as a result of physical activities, such as surfing, that bring him great joy in his life. The movie Happy is a strong source for finding true happiness, and to realize how happy you actually are. There isn’t really room to have a bias, because it’s talking about the happiness of people, and not of one group of people happiness. The purpose of the movie is the pursuit of getting people happier, more inspired to do great things.
Happy helped me see the truth of happiness, by showing me examples, and science behind why people are happy. It made me really question if I am happy, or if I am not, that line is a large one, but it is mostly a blur, so yes this movie helped me find what the truth of happiness truly is.
Smith, Emily Esfahani. "There's More to Life Than Being Happy." The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 9 Jan. 2013. Web. 10 Feb. 2017.
In There's More to Life Than Being Happy talk about how to be happy you need to have meaning, and give to others rather than take things, and not give back. The article also talks about Viktor Frankl and his book Man’s Search for Meaning hitch he talks about that the people who have meaning in their lives are more resilient, are stronger, and are better people in general.
This is a strong source, it might be potentially bias towards political statements, but for the most part when talking about happiness, I think it’s safe to say that we are ok in trusting this source.
This source is pime on telling us that we need meaning in our lives in order to be happy, in order to be able to reconcile if it’s true.
Citation: Burnett, Bill. "This Happiness Hack from a Wildly Popular Stanford Class Can Help You Create a Life You Love." Quartz. Quartz, 19 Sept. 2016. Web. 13 Feb. 2017.
In this resource, it talks about building a happy life, and strategies to do that made by successful Stanford class. The article mainly talks about one strategy, the AEIOU method. It is an acronym for a time when you are happy, and what's around you like Activities, Environments, Interactions, Objects, and Users, witch the acronym is named for. The article also talks about how influential this strategy is by being with fallowing Savanna as she went through the process of writing these certain things down.
This sources could be possibly biased, noticing how a lot of it’s other stories involve incorrect info, and kind of gossipy stories. In other words I think this main article might contain bias. The other on the other hands is an esteemed professor at Stanford University, so I believe that this is a pretty useful source.
This source helps the question “what is the truth of happiness”? By helping getting up to the point of understanding your own point by finding the source of your own happiness, and why you are happy. It truly wants you to get to the point in which you can find the truth of your own happiness.
1. To get started, we recommend thinking about the last time that you were on cloud 9—an experience that gave you a glimpse of adrenaline-induced ecstasy, if only for a moment. It could be the feeling you had when you got a great new job offer, fell in love, finished a marathon or traveled to a beautiful country. This kind of memory is called a peak experience. Examining it can help you to look at events in the future, designing a more fulfilling life in the process.
2. Zooming in on this experience with the AEIOU method allowed Savannah to see how much her friends and family really make a difference when she’s presenting. She also became aware that, while she is often lonely on the road, she draws energy from building deeper relationships with people in the cities she visits all over the world.
Citation: Seligman, Martin. "Transcript of "The New Era of Positive Psychology"." Martin Seligman: The New Era of Positive Psychology | TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript | TED.com. Ted Talks, n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2017.
In this ted talk, he talks about the idea that psychology is not just getting the mentally ill to get better, but to realize why we are good in the first place. The main focus is about showing why we are happy, and how to get there.
I think this is a strong source, because Martin Seligman is an esteemed psychologist ,and talks about the state of our stuff. I believe that he is truly knowledgeable about the subject, or he wouldn't be talking in a TED talk.
I believe that this helps the main point by saying that we need to understand why we are the way we are.
Citation: Covin, Ph.D Roger. "It's Time to End Our Obsession With Positive Thinking." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 15 Jan. 2012. Web. 26 Feb. 2017.
Summary: This article talks about how positive thinking is good, but too much of a good thing is bad. He is trying to get across that negative thinking is very important part of being human. It makes us grounded so we can actually accomplish thin things we need to accomplish.
Assessment: I think this is a medium, to weak source because it only has three sources. I feel he should have looked a little deeper into this before writing about it. That said, the sources he used are trustworthy and have their roots in actual scientific basis.
Reflection: This source helps me understand the question of “what is the truth of happiness?”
Some people avoid negativity like they are trying to avoid a dangerous microorganism, and conversely strive to be surrounded by “positive energy”
First, negative thinking can be adaptive. When problems arise, worry can be a constructive thing if it leads to problem-solving. Anxiety is useful when we are threatened and are in need of safety.
Citation:Scheier, Michael F. "On the Power of Positive Thinking: The Benefits of Being Optimistic." Sage Publications, Inc, n.d. Web.
Summary: In Summary, this article talks about the positive effects of optimism, how it can shape how humans shape the reality around them. It also talks about the studies in which people with different mindsets faced adversity, and where profound that if you are optimistic you fair better. It’s not all fun and games because there is a downside. Being optimistic also means that you might not go with it, and fought for what you think because you will think it will be ok without the work involved.
I believe that this is a strong article because it is written by multiple professors, and has many studies to back up its premises. The author has clearly put a lot of work into this masterpiece of literature. The author also states how his understanding is still in it’s infancy of what the study has to offer, but he alleges this and is open to feedback from peers.
Reflection: this source helps me understand the question “what is happiness?” by stating if we perceive life in a different way good things will come out of it.
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The data showed a number of effects for dispositional optimism. One notable finding concerns reac tions to the surgery itself. Optimism was negatively related to physiological changes reflected in the patient's electrocardiogram and to the release of certain kinds of enzymes into the bloodstream. Both of these changes are widely taken as markers for myocardial infarction. The data thus suggest that optimists were less likely than pessimists to suffer heart attack during surgery.
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Optimists are more likely than pessimists to take direct action to solve their problems, are more planful in dealing with the adversity
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There are at least two ways in which an optimistic orientation might lead to poorer outcomes. First, it may be possible to be too optimistic, or to be optimistic in unproductive ways. For example, unbridled optimism may cause people to sit and wait for good things to happen, thereby decreasing the chance of success.
Citation:Seery, Holman, & Silver (2010). Whatever doesn't kill us: Cumulative lifetime adversity, vulnerability, and resilience. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 1025-1041
Summary: In this article, which talks about if you have faced a lot of adversity, then you are better at responding to it, unlike someone who has not, and don't respond as well. So yes in words, what doesn't kill us mentally, will make us stronger.
Assessment: I think this is a strong source, since it's’ apart of the National Center for Biochemistry. I don't think that this source has potential bias, but my bias can currently have an effect to think it doesn't have a bias.
Reflection: I think that this article helps me understand the question of “what is happiness?” by showing me that the more you have been through the more you can bounce back from being in a bad place. It talks about how we as humans are able to be a phoenix out of the ashes, become something better out of all of it.
Exposure to adverse life events typically predicts subsequent negative effects on mental health and well-being, such that more adversity predicts worse outcomes. However, adverse experiences may also foster subsequent resilience, with resulting advantages for mental health and well-being.
. In a multi year longitudinal study of a national sample, people with a history of some lifetime adversity reported better mental health and wellbeing outcomes than not only people with a high history of adversity but also than people with no history of adversity.
Citation: Allen & Badcock (2003). The social risk hypothesis of depressed mood: Evolutionary, psychosocial, and neurobiological perspectives. Psychological Bulletin, 129, 887-913.
Summary: In this article the author tries to portray that if an individual has a negative, or depressed attitude that adds social burden on others, and social values on others. This is prescribed as a racion, and when it reaches a tipping point that reality of the individual is at risk.
Assessment: I believe that this article is a good source noting how its in National Center for Biochemistry, but I think it has it’s downfalls as well, because we can't access the full text.
Reflection: What is the truth of happiness? This question is helped to be understood by this question because it provides that it is indeed helpful in the manner that a positive outlook on life can help it.
Many features of depressed states can be understood in relation to mechanisms that reduce social risk in such circumstances, including (a) hyper-sensitivity to signals of social threat from others, (b) sending signals to others that reduce social risks, and (c) inhibiting risk-seeking (e.g., confident, acquisitive) behaviors. These features are discussed in terms of psychosocial and neurobiological research on depressive phenomena.
When this ratio reaches a point where social value and social burden are approaching equivalence, the individual is in danger of exclusion from social contexts
https://www.verywell.com/benefits-of-positive-thinking-2794767 (Use there resorces)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/roger-covin/positive-thinking_b_1203349.html(Use there resorces)
What have you discovered your truth of happiness is?
I have found that there are three truths of happiness, activity, environment, and friends and family. Success is an illusion, because to have it you may have to give up the things you love, and when you finally get there, you will be less happy than before. Success is a two headed snake, as you watch yourself grow, it drains you of attachment, and happiness that is around you. I have found that the happiest times of my life is when I am doing a multi day self support kayak trip down a remote place on the globe. I find that I make better connections when I am doing what I love, rather than doing something that I dislike and making connections. By being away from everything I find myself at peace, I don't have to do anything more, nor any less, I am me doing what I do best. Be me.
What was the greatest challenge you faced in this project, and how did you work through it?
The greatest challenge I had to overcome was the fact that my card dispenser was going to be dependent upon a 3D printer, but it was down. I had to find a different way, so what I did is I took some of the scrap wood, and made a smaller box that went underneath to hold the cards. I also chose not to get angry, but to so, ok I need to find a different way.
Why did you chose to and how did this choice impact your project?
I chose to make a box that will hopefully change the mindset of the individual from a pessimistic state to more of a optimistic state. The choice that I did helped me because it made it more personal, something that I have to make to make others feel better. I also didn't want to get caught up with other people that don't have as clear of an image that I have in my head.
If you could refine any part of this project, thinking back through the entire project, Brave New World through the expense to videos, what would you refine, and how would you refine it?
I would refine my happiness experiments, more specifically I would expand upon how I felt, what I real felt at that moment in time. I would definitely say more about which part of the experiment that I was going through at that time.