Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Google's definition of hope is "a feeling of expectation & desire for a certain thing to happen". However, my definition of hope is, something to look forward to or something that gives you the strength to keep moving forward no matter how many walls you run into. When you have hope you keep getting up and trying again no matter how many times you fall. It's all about trial and error. Hope is in the mind. When you strongly believe in hope, it's something that you strongly believe in your head. In order to have hope you have to be in that mind set where you believe you can still grow and do greater things for yourself. A way that I believe hope can be restored, if lost, is finding new joy in life. That can be like meeting new people or discovering a new hobby. One thing that can destroy hope is people bringing you down and telling you you'll never make it. Sometimes people say, "If you don't do this you'll never make it.", but I think people should be a little more positive and not you words like "don't" and "never". Instead they should say things like "If you do this, you'll reach your goal and be that successful person I believe you can be." Something that gives me hope is seeing other successful people in the profession that I would like to do. I want to be a physical therapist when I grow up and I was doing physical therapy a while ago, due to an injury I had, so I got to see many physical therapist doing their job and that really helped me believe that if they can do it, who's to say I can't be as successful as they are. A time where I noticed there was hope involved was when my ito, or in other words my grandpa, had an accident at work, where he had fallen off of some ladders and broke some bones and basically had major injuries. He was rushed to the hospital where they did a couple of surgeries and he was scared at first, he thought that was the end for him, but seeing all the family that had came to visit him and support him gave him the hope that he could get better for us. All the strength he had came from the hope that he got from seeing us all supporting him every step of the way. So hope plays an important role in people's lives every second of every day. 
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Social Justice

Social Justice is a delicate subject to discuss because many people have their own point of view on it. I believe that social justice should be valued because people deserve to be treated fairly, not necessarily equal, but we should all be treated the way we deserve to be treated. 
An issue on social  justice today are women and men, for example. A woman don't get the same respect a man does because of the sexism in the economy or citizens. Men get payed more in their occupations than women do. I think that we should get payed as we deserve to get payed. Now, if you're work ethic is poor then you should get payed how you deserve and that's what I mean by fairness. If you're not working well then obviously you shouldn't expect to get a pay raise at the same time your co-worker does because if they get a raise, then that means they were working extra hard and the boss was impressed with their work. 
Another example of social injustice is racism. Some people in society today aren't treating people correctly just because of the color of their skin. Just because someone is a different color than you doesn't mean that they don't deserve the same treatment and respect that you think you deserve. Treat EVERYONE how you think you should be treated, even if they don't deserve it. If someone is treating you poorly, then being rude back isn't going to change their attitude.
The one I am most concerned about is the sexism because I've had people categorize me as weak because I'm a female, even my physical education coach for my first semester of sophomore year had put us into groups for the flag football unit based on sex and strength. He put all of us girls in one group with the "weak" boys. I found that very disrespectful because he didn't even put us into groups to see how we played and then adjust us. 
Halla Tomasdottir in her TED talk, "Women should run for office" explained how women have a big role in society and they want equality. She discusses about the strike in 1975 held by women in Iceland. 90% of the women didn't go to work that day whether they held professional jobs or were a housewife and peacefully asked for equality. She stated that, "Nothing worked in Iceland that day, because nothing works when women are not at work. She also explains how five years later, Iceland was the first country to elect a women as their president. To me, this says a lot about the power a woman has. Women are very capable of doing all the same things that men can do and probably even more. We are very underestimated as leaders, people think were incapable of leading a group or anything at that. We are basically just underrated. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Gilbert's TED talk (#11)

Dan Gilbert in the TED talk, "The Surprising Science of Happiness", covers the new parts of our brain that we've developed over time and how it connects to our happiness. Compared to our ancestors, the Homo Habilis, over a time period of 2,000 years, our brain has gotten larger in size due to the new structures that it has. This new structure is called the prefrontal cortex and it allows people to have experiences in their minds before experiencing it in real life. It is an experience simulator, which means that, people can decide whether they like it or not before even trying it. Gilbert explains what the impact bias is, he says it's, "The tendency for the simulator to work badly, for the simulator to make you believe that different outcomes are more different than in fact they really are." He uses the example of a lottery winner and a paraplegic explaining how they will impact your happiness, or how we believe they'll impact your happiness. If you get the option of being a lotto winner or a paraplegic, which would you chose? Obviously everyone is going to think about the impact it will have on you in the long run, but people think that the happiness levels will be a lot different, which is true for the first couple of months. Gilbert shows a chart of the happiness levels after a year of winning the lottery and becoming paraplegic and the levels are exactly the same. That's what the impact bias does to people. He continues by comparing synthetic happiness and real happiness. Synthetic happiness is what we make when we don't get what we wanted. Like people say, "You get what you get and you don't throw a fit." When people don't have a choice we are happy with what we have, but when people have a choice they are rarely ever content or happy with what they chose. Thinking makes things seem good and bad, but there really is no good or bad until people start thinking about it.

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Happiness TED talk: Nancy Etcoff: Happiness and its Surprises (#12)

Nancy Etcoff in the TED talk, "Happiness and its Surprises", makes the statement that, "The pursuit of happiness is obligatory." She bases her whole talk on this statement, which by my understanding means that happiness is something mandatory. It's a rule that we all are taught to live by. In her talk she says, "If you look on the Amazon Site there are over 2,000 titles with advice on the 7 habits, 9 choices, 10 steps, 12 secrets, and 14,000 thoughts that are supposed to bring happiness." People are making a living out of teaching people how to be "happy". In reality, happiness isn't something that can be taught, it's something that should just come to you naturally when the time is right. She continues on by explaining the different methods people are using like medicating themselves and using illegal drugs, but she says, "These roots to happiness haven't really increased happiness very much. One problem that is happening now, although the rates of happiness are about flat as the surface of the moon, depression and anxiety are rising." All of the methods that people are using to get to happiness aren't really working for them and instead they bring depression and anxiety in most cases. Etcoff goes further into "the new science of happiness" by explaining that, "One of the key points are that happiness and unhappiness are not endpoints of a single continuum." She explains how people believe that happiness comes when you are less miserable, but happiness isn't the absence of of misery. In this talk she makes a lot of valuable points in explaining how people expect happiness is supposed to come when you aren't sad, but that's not how it works.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happiness (#10)

Happiness is an important thing in life because if you find that you're not happy it's probably because you're lonely or bored of how you're life is going. Some things you can do to get happiness is change something in your life, add some excitement. That may mean trying to find new hobbies or even tasting new foods. Something that makes me happy is spending time with my family and I mean my whole family not just my brothers and mom, but also my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. This makes me happy because everytime I see them we are always bringing up the past and reconnecting. Sometimes I even learn new things about them and let them know they have my support and they all say that same goes for me. It's good to know that you have someone there to talk to or to help you because sometimes life just gets too hard and knowing they'll be there is always great. When I spend time with my family I'm happy because I'm not worried about what problems I have to deal with, it's just like relaxing and having a good time. Another thing that makes me happy is spending time with friends, whether it's going to the mall or even a sleep over it's always fun especially when we remember all the funny moments we've been through together. I believe people are unhappy because they need that fun and excitement. Sometimes even work may be making you unhappy because it's not the profession you would have liked or maybe it was what you had planned for yourself, but now you're finding that you aren't really interested in that. In that case, maybe you can find a hobby, like I said, or maybe even go back to school to learn something that interests you and fits your lifestyle. The important thing to remember is happiness is important in life.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

How much self control do you have? (#9)

Self control is a really important part of living in this world. If you can't have control when you get offended or someone accidentally get bumped or pushed while walking on the sidewalk, then you are constantly going to be getting into problems. For example, if someone that obviously does not have self control starts offending you, then you definitely should not be arguing back with them or starting fights with them.
My level of self control is okay, well I would like to believe it is. If I get offended, I am not the type of person to offend you back. For example, when my mom starts to argue with me or get me in trouble, I don't try to argue back or prove her wrong. Normally, I just agree with her and if she asks me a question I respond back. My mom has made me the way I am by educating me in my manners. Because of her, I respect my elders and I don't ever argue with anyone unless I know for a fact that I am right. I will admit that sometimes I do let it slip, especially on my bad days, and I will argue when I'm wrong. If I am wrong and you prove me wrong I will also admit that I was wrong.
Self control has to be one of your priorities in life. Losing control of yourself isn't helpful. You should watch yourself and try to keep yourself from slipping.

Reflect on Stereotypes / Misperceptions (#8)

We have all been judged at some point in our life. We have also all made judgments on people based on their appearance and actions. They always say don't judge a book by its cover, but we can't deny that it still happens. A time when I judged someone was when I met my best friend Amanda. I met her in my January of my 7th grade year. She had recently just transferred to my school because of some life changes. When I met her she seemed like a really loud person and I thought she was going to be this really annoying person that I was not going to enjoy being around. Well, of course with my luck, she was in my second period p.e. class and guess who the coach had chosen to help her throughout the period and the day... Me! When this happened I was thinking, "Oh brother, she's probably going to follow me around school ad try to be my friend." So I helped her through second period and just when I thought I was done with her I went to my third period science class and there she was. So I tried to talk to her as least as possible. I went through all my classes and I didn't have her in any of my other classes so I thought I was good... until seventh period came and I was in English with her. Since I had her in three classes, I decided to cope with it. I started talking to her more and realized me and her aren't that different at all and we became really good friends that year. It wasn't until 8th grade that we became best friends. Her dad met my mom, we were going to events together , and her family was like a second family to me and m family was like a second family to her. That year we had four classes together and I was so happy about that. One of my best memories with her was when we were in choir and our class got to go sing the National Anthem at the Padres game. I see now that all my judgments on her were all wrong.