The New Tips I Learned to Become Happier

By DMA Senior Nicole Guerrieri

I heard from my senior friends last year that I should take this class so I did. I had no clue what to expect but wasn’t opposed to the idea of trying new things. The first few days, we started by meditating. I really had no clue what I was doing but it was relaxing. The more I did it, the more I felt like I was getting the hang of it. It became so relaxing and enjoyable. We would watch video lectures by a Yale professor, Dr. Santos, and she introduced us to Psych Pro Tips. These are scientifically proven tips that we can use in our everyday lives to make us happier. Some examples include: keep a gratitude journal, random acts of kindness work, and move your body for 20-30 minutes a day. My favorite tip was “just get some damn sleep”. I’ve learned how important sleep is for our body. Sleep deprivation is really harmful causing more heart disease, strokes, and mental illnesses among other concerns. Getting good sleep really keeps us functioning right. With this semester coming to an end, I’m really going to miss this class and the people. Aside from the learning part, I got to have this class with freshmen which is really cool. Since they are not in the same building as upperclassmen, it was nice to see some of them every day and get to know them. Lastly, I just want to say a huge thank you to Mr. Shelton because this class wouldn’t be possible without him!

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