Assignment 1: Discussion—The Happy Optimist
Positive psychology is concerned with strengths as much as weaknesses. The positive psychology model purports that you should be as interested in building the best things in life as you are in repairing the worst. You should be as concerned with making life fulfilling by nurturing strengths as you are with healing pathology. One way to do this is to manifest happiness through optimism and gratitude.
Using the Internet, research articles and videos about experiments conducted by Masaru Emoto on positive psychology. When conducting your Internet search, use the following keywords or phrases:
Masaru Emoto’s rice experiment
Masaru Emoto: Messages from water
Masaru Emoto: Water consciousness & intent
Then, based on your research, respond to the following:
Explain what optimism is according to the positive psychology model.
Discuss the importance of optimism in positive psychology.
Describe the relationship between positive traits and optimism.
Discuss an aspect of your life in which you would like to increase your optimism. Identify how you will do this.
Provide an example of a person struggling with negative self-talk and discuss how it could be countered to reflect optimism.
Based on your research on Masaru Emoto, comment on why spirituality and gratitude are important to optimism and happiness.
Support your statements with appropriate examples and at least one scholarly reference on positive psychology.
Write your initial response in 300–500 words. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.
By Saturday, April 2, 2016, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Through Wednesday, April 6, 2016, review and comment on at least two peers’ responses.
Do the following when responding to your peers:
Read all your peers’ postings.
Comment on your peers’ ideas about what optimism is and how positive traits assist in the development of optimism.
Comment on how positive traits can be identified and amplified.
Grading Criteria and Rubric
According to the positive psychology model optimism is taking a positive view, seeing what is available. It is important to have optimism in positive psychology because studies show that positive expectations about the future show a consistent pattern of relatedness to measures of well-being. The relationship between positive traits and optimism is a lower level of distress when facing challenging life situations (Baumgardner & Crothers, 2009).
I would like to increase my optimism after handing in my homework and thinking about the possible grades I will be receiving on the assignment. I always feel like I could have done better work and then I receive my grade and I do very well. I do not know why I doubt myself after I have handed in the assignment and I am waiting for the grade. I could increase my optimism by accepting the fact that I have done my best work and letting my past grades speak for themselves. My best friend’s daughter struggles with eleventh grade math, she is constantly saying “I don’t get it, I must be stupid”. This could be countered to reflect optimism by saying “this class is difficult and I receive great grades in all my other classes”. She can also get the extra help offered by her teacher, then she would understand what is being taught. She may even be able to provide help to other classmates who are struggling.
Spirituality and gratitude are important to optimism and happiness because a focus on strengths and an optimistic attitude can help an individual flourish in life and discover purpose and meaning which enables them to enjoy their life and experience more happiness. More and more evidence continues to prove that gratitude and optimism are highly connected with happiness (Argosy University Online, 2016). I am not sure if I have missed any points in this discussion, if I did please let me know because I really enjoy this topic! I love speaking on optimism;
Argosy University Online. (2016). Retrieved from www.myeclassonline.com
Baumgargdner, S. & Crothers, M. (2009). Positive Psychology. Retrieved from
Jaquetta Stevens PhD.