Hello and welcome to my blog. If you are new here, my name is Chelsea, and I am now in my third year of a double Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies and Bachelor of Commerce. Throughout my degrees this blog has been my online space to document my learning and experiences.
In this chapter of my blog I will be logging my experiences as I undertake the class Happiness: Investigating its causes and conditions. With all the stresses and pressures associated with completing a university degree, I wanted to pick up a class that would not only teach me skills that will assist me in obtaining a career, but skills that will contribute to my overall happiness and wellbeing.
As part of completing the course, we are required to choose an activity that research says increases personal happiness. In Sonja Lyubomirsky’s book The How of Happiness (2007) she describes happiness-increasing activities that aim to transform the way people think about their lives. These activities are designed to train the mind to focus on the positive things in life, to find things to be glad about, and to not sweat the small stuff.
One of the Happiness Activities that Lyubomirsky recommends is expressing gratitude. After completing the ‘Person-Activity Fit’ Diagnostic questionnaire, I learnt that expressing gratitude is one of the happiness activities that ‘fit’ me best. To practise gratitude, I will be keeping a Gratitude Journal in which I record the things for which I am grateful.
I will be undertaking this activity for the next 5 weeks, and using my blog as a diary to which I will be making entries on this topic once a week. So stay tuned!