Oh hey, long time no see! You probably thought I hibernated, huh? Mentally, I feel like I did. This winter was rough, but it sounds like it was rough for a lot of us. But guess what? Yesterday was officially the first day of spring and there is light at the end of the tunnel! Yay!
I recently got back from a work conference in Las Vegas. First of all, let me just say that work conference or no work conference, my husband and I absolutely need to take a trip somewhere every winter. Getting away was so helpful for my mental state. The weather in Vegas wasn’t as warm as I’d hoped, but there were a couple of warmer, sunny days, and we got tons of fresh air and walking in. I came back home feeling refreshed and rebooted, despite the fact that much of the trip was spent in research administration workshops.
And the food. Oh. My. God. But that is another post. Stay tuned for that!
One of the things that I enjoyed most about the work conference was our keynote speaker, Dr. Laura Santos, a psychology professor at Yale University. Dr. Santos teaches the most popular class EVER at Yale, “Psychology and the Good Life.” Essentially, the class teaches students how they can become more happier, using scientifically-based methods. Dr. Santos talked to all of us at the conference about ways that we can increase our happiness.
Yale now offers the online course for free for everyone:
A free class at Yale that will increase my happiness level? Sign me up!
Disclaimer: I don’t consider myself an unhappy person. In fact, overall, I think I’m pretty happy. However, I think I could be happier. By nature, I’m a worrier, and I often feel anxious. I’m very sensitive and often feel sad when I witness suffering and pain around me. My self-confidence needs some work. And I often feel a bit lost when it comes to figuring out how I can have more meaning and purpose in my life.
So I signed up. I completed Week 1 of the course and I took a survey to find out what my signature strengths are. My top strength is appreciation of beauty and excellence. My second strength is love of learning, and coming in at #3 and #4, respectively, are kindness and honesty.
Pretty accurate, I think. My homework is to try to use my top strengths in new ways every day for a week and track my progress.
The nerd is me is just so excited to take this class! It’s no wonder that “love of learning” is one of my top strengths, right?
I’m excited to be back to blogging and I’m looking forward to sharing all that I’m learning from this class!
May your glass always be full,