One thing that I will always remember about this Psychology class is the section about happiness. Typically, people who are happier will live longer, healthier lives. If you are happier, you are more likely to see the bigger picture and see the "bigger picture", noticing things that we may have overlooked otherwise. Optimists are better off, being happier in everyday life than those who are pessimists. Four myths about happiness that our book pointed out include : "The prime determinant of happiness is what happens to us"; "Money makes us happy"; "Happiness declines in old age"; "People on the West Coast are the happiest". These are all myths. Our book also mentions things that make us happy. These include: "marriage, friendships, college, religion, political affiliation, exercise, gratitude, giving, and flow". I think that all of these aspects of life are crucial to overall happiness in life. In my life alone, I find that I am happier when I am surrounded by good friends. I feel stronger and more confident when I am involved in my religion on a regular basis. College has also been a very positive aspect on my life; I love learning more about my major and what I would like to do for a career. I think that exercise is the most important aspect of my happiness. I am working on my certification in personal training right now, so being healthy and active is something that I strive for every single day. I think that eating healthy and staying active is something that can always boost your mood and help you feel better about yourself. Exercise is definitely crucial to my overall happiness. When I think of happiness, I think of Winnie the Pooh. One of my favorite quotes from Pooh is "Love is taking a few steps backward, maybe even more...to give way to the happiness of the person you love" (http://www.searchquotes.com/quotes/author/Winnie_The_Pooh/). This relates to one of the components of happiness: marriage.