I thought long and hard about what to do for my Independent Learning Project. I tossed around many things such as photography, poetry, or cooking. After watching the TED talk by Logan Laplante, there was a quote that stuck with me: “When I grow up, I want to be happy.” I found myself reflecting on my life and whether or not I felt that I was happy. I have a good home life, good education, and am surrounded by great people. But am I truly happy? The more I reflected, the more I realized what a pessimistic attitude I have about so many occurrences in my life. I often find myself focusing on the few negative aspects of my life instead of concentrating on all the wonderful parts of my life. We each get one shot at life. There are no re-dos or rewind buttons that we can rely on when we have regrets. I don’t want to regret the way I live my life. My constant state of negativity is something that is in the way of my true happiness. Because of this realization, I have decided to do my Independent Learning Project on Personal Growth. Throughout the next few weeks, I will work on improving myself and my attitude about life.
This week, I spent my learning time doing a lot of self-reflection. I thought about the aspects of myself that I liked and the ones that could use some work. In addition, I did a lot of research online looking into how to change your outlook and attitude. My pessimistic attitude is often an automatic reaction because it is a habit. My research led me to six main things that are needed in order to improve happiness.
- Choose your attitude-don’t let your emotions impact your reactions
- Don’t be lazy- exercise releases endorphins that fuel happiness
- Be grateful- wake up each morning and mentally list the things that you are grateful for
- Perfection will never be attained- be happy with progress, but always work to be better, not perfect
- Drink more water- Drinking water leads to feeling better which leads to better attitudes
These are all things that I will be working on each week in the hopes that between physical health and my own determination, I will be able to alter my attitude and grow personally so that I can become a happier person. This week I constantly caught myself being negative or having a bad attitude. When I noticed these things, I would try to think about the upside of situations or remember how little this inconvenience was in comparison to the big picture. I have also told my parents about the project so that they can help me keep in check. I truly hope that by the end of this project, having a positive attitude comes naturally to me.