Students learned how to manufacture personal happiness at Happiness Intervention, an event hosted by the Office of Alcohol and Drug Education (OADE) on Wednesday. The program, led by University Counseling Center staff psychologist Megan Brown, was the latest installment to the Wellness Wednesday series, an initiative started last semester. OADE health educator Bridget Hoffman said Wellness Wednesdays was started in an effort to create holistic wellness programs for students. “The hope was to establish more programs that are holistically based on wellness,” Hoffman said. “They cover various topics from stress reduction to fun exercise activities to cooking on a college budget.” OADE developed the concept for this week’s program after screening ‘The Happy Movie’ on the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness a few weeks ago, Hoffman said. Designing follow up sessions focusing on how students could effectively increase their positive emotion level would hopefully improve student happiness, she said. Brown led the group of attendees through multiple exercises, which ranged from measuring positive emotion and life satisfaction on the subjective happiness scale to writing down three things they are grateful for having in their lives “We talked about how that [gratitude] felt – that was the first intervention,” Brown said. “Gratitude has been studied in the field of positive psychology as one intervention that helps a lot of people feel more positive.” Brown also shared several studies that demonstrate the benefits of feeling gratitude, including one that asked participants to list five things they were grateful for on a weekly or daily basis. “[The studies] found rather consistently that people felt better about their lives as a whole, they were more optimistic about the future, they reported fewer health complaints,” Brown said. “The gratitude group also spent more time exercising, 1.5 more hours per week.” It is important, however, to distinguish positive emotions like gratitude from happiness, Brown said. “Gratitude is a positive feeling but you might not be happy,” she said. “Things might be going badly in your life, but having gratitude, that positive emotion, still lights up the same area of the brain that happiness does.” Joy, compassion and other positive emotions serve the same purpose, Brown said. Brown concluded the session by having attendees form a happiness plan for them to move forward. She said students focused on what they could do to improve not only their positive emotions, but also the positive emotions of others. “The benefits of happiness, of positive emotion in general, are that people are healthier, they live longer and they’re more resilient in the face of things that go wrong,” Brown said. “Not only are they okay after a tragedy, but they are flourishing. They are better off than if the tragedy never happened.” The Happiness Intervention aimed to increase the overall happiness of students on campus, Hoffman said. “Students here are set to such high academic standards, which is awesome, but they tend to become anxious and stressed out,” Hoffman said. “We were able to just bring the whole idea of being grateful for something different every day rather than just focusing on, ‘What are the tasks that I need to accomplish today.’”
WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – 34 Raceway will kick off the 2018 season with new owner Brad Stevens and his co-promoter Jessi Mynatt at the annual 34 Raceway Car Show on Sunday, March 18.This year’s show will be held at Deery Brothers in West Burlington from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and will take place rain or shine.More than 20 race cars and drivers from a variety of classes will be on hand to sign autographs and take photos with fans. There will be kids’ activities, food and beverage for purchase, and don’t forget to grab your 2018 schedule.This event is free to the public so come out and see what family friend, fast racing fun will look like at 34 Raceway this season.
Chelsea have had a number of strikers wear their famous ‘Number 9’ jersey, some more successfully than others.One of the less prolific forwards to have donned the shirt was Mateja Kezman, who was part of the squad during the years of success in the mid-2000s.The Serbian striker who scored four Premier League goals for the Blues and won the Premier League title and a League Cup – after scoring in the final – dropped off the map a bit after leaving Stamford Bridge.Once a feared goal poacher, his time in West London was not as successful as he or the club would have hoped.After he left Chelsea, he played for Atletico Madrid, PSG and Zenit.However, he insists his time at Chelsea was the highlight of his career and that despite his limited success, he does not regret moving to London. “Chelsea was the best thing in my career. That was the climax of my career, for sure. Living and playing in London was something that I will never forget. I don’t know if I made a mistake because I moved away so quickly. Maybe I do and maybe I don’t regret it, but I always believe in my decisions,” he said. “But the transfer to Chelsea made my dreams come true. That was the best thing that ever happened to me. Maybe I could achieve more and I could have been more successful at Stamford Bridge, but I don’t regret anything.” He retired at the age of 33, becoming director of football at Serbian side FK Vojvodina before turning to football agency.He’s currently the representative for one of the most sought-after players in Europe, Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
ESPN added that Deatrich Wise, Nate Ebner, Ken Webster and Cole Croston also will be on the PUP list to begin camp.All rookies reported to Gillette Stadium on Sunday, with veterans scheduled to show up Wednesday.The Patriots’ first practice will be held Thursday. Michel underwent arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this offseason but it was reported last month that he was “progressing quickly” and running at “full tilt.” He missed all of camp and the first three games of the regular season last year as he dealt with knee issues, but still finished the season with 931 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.As for Thomas, he’s recovering from a torn Achilles suffered in Week 16 last season when he was a member of the Texans after compiling 677 receiving yards and five touchdowns through the first 15 games. He was released in February and signed with New England in April, though it remains unknown when he will be medically cleared to resume workouts. Julio Jones to report to Falcons training camp without new deal, report says Texans stars J.J. Watt, DeAndre Hopkins begin training camp on PUP list Dolphins waive Kendrick Norton after arm amputation, will still pay full salary Related News New England will kick off training camp this week without two of Tom Brady’s top targets.Patriots running back Sony Michel and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas have been placed on PUP to begin camp, according to multiple reports.