Monday, June 9, 2014

Happy-ism post 25

1. Overall, what is your opinion of 20 Time based on YOUR experience in class?

2. What are some aspects of 20 Time that you think should be adjusted for students next year?

3. What are some aspects of 20 Time that should NOT be changed for students next year?

4. Is 20 Time something that more students should do in school? Please explain why or why not.

5. What advice would you give to students who are doing 20 Time next year?

6. (For Speakers at TEDxGPSHS Only) What did you think of the event? Is this something the school should host again? Why or why not?

Hello again, 
This is my last blog post for the whole 20 Time process! Reflecting on the year, I have to say that I absolutely love 20 time. 20 Time is something that students all across the country should do! If you think about it, this "project" is what life is all about--setting goals, planning for results, and creating new experiences. There couldn't possibly be a complaint about 20 time because making goals and doing what you want is what we are supposed to do to live a happy life! To have it assigned, it gave an us an excuse to pursue whatever we want combining with busy schedules. Next year, if Mr. Provenzano should add more practices for speaking about the project by presenting in the class more. Some aspects that should not be changed for next year is the blogs that are required to write every week- it keeps students working on their project all the time. I think TEDxGPSHS was a great experience for students. It was a really big deal to have such a universal event to be here at Grosse Pointe South! I'm so lucky to be going to this school with so many opportunities offered. I would like to thank Mr. Provenzano, my English teacher for putting TEDx together here at South. I learned a lot in the process. 
Thank you to all of you who have kept up with reading my blogs! I can't wait to think of my own 20Time Project this next coming year, even if it is not for school.
Thanks again,
Grace :) 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy-ism post24

Hello all,
I'm just about ready to make my Happy-ism speech scheduled for Thursday. After listening to my classmates work, I think I want to tweak the PowerPoint a little more to make my point clearer. I don't want to tell about the speech or that would be giving it away but I think it will come together nicely. I'm practicing a lot, but the more I practice, the more I want to change. I am going to be sooooo nervous when I get up there on the stage but I'm just going to have fun with it. 
This whole 20Time experience was great! It was great because students were mindset to do great things. Everyone is talking about the project like a project, but isn't setting goals, thinking hard, and dedicating time to something you're interested in what life is supposed to be about? I really liked my "project" because i loved the topic and the way it made me think happy! I'm so glad I had the opportunity to do 20Time. It was actually really fun. 
Now that I'm at the point of dirty work and putting everything together and the butterflies come in, I'll just remember that I can't go wrong talking about Happy-ism because I made it up and it's a happy topic. I also want to think of a crazy fun way to start the speech. Since I have no sports going on, I can work on it more. I am excited too. To tell everyone what I've been talking about the whole year. My biggest fear is forgetting everything that I was going to say realizing I'm on a stage and having everything being so professional. Wish me luck! 
Until next time, 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Happy-ism post 23

Hi again, 
Since last time I have been working on my PowerPoint more and more. Saturday I donated 10 inches of my hair to wigs for kids! I wanted to give something big for my project so i decided to donate my long blond hair. I have never cut it so short in my life. It feels so good to know that I helped change someone's life. The sound of the sissors was the trigger to the happy-ism chain reaction. I knew I did something good even though it was a big change for me. Filling out the donation papers was my favorite part. What I did is related to many happy-ism categories I have found. I felt happy to know that I did something good, gave me something different and new, made me feel accomplished, and it made me feel my best! The child that will get the wig will be happy to be helped by rising their confidence to the world. I am also happy to know that I have such amazing friend that was willing to donate her hair with me. This is an example of how my speech will be structured-how one small act can be in effect to so many things (the happy-ism categories) and the concept is Happy-ism! I'm glad I have taken so many pictures recently. It will be helpful for the PowerPoint presentation. 
If you are wondering about my book, I have decided to make it a journal in reflection for myself because it is not very long and it is not worth publishing.
I have to keep working on my PowerPoint. It's coming up sooner than I think! Wish me luck! 

Here are some pictures during the donation process:
Mary and I holding our donated hair
My chopped off hair
Filling out the donation papers

Thanks for reading! Call me the girl with the short blond hair now. 
"There are those who give with joy and joy is their reward"-Kaulil Gibran

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Happy-ism post 22

Hi again,
Hope you all had a good Easter! I went to Florida for break and I thought about my project a lot. I took some good pictures and videos of great happy spirit to prove. There is a small jazz band that my family and I go to every year. The people playing the instruments are at least 70 years old. The drummer is 92 and played in one of Elvis Prestley's music videos. The audience is very old too, yet they are very full of spirit. I thought this would be a great reflection on all of my Happy-ism categories. I truly believe that the music that surrounds them and the life they live keep them healthy. The band is a great example I can add in my slides. The pictures and videos are great!
 I have come to the point where I can't really prove some categories. And since my topic of my speech is going to be focused on how all things effect happiness, it should work out. I made a diagram that explains the process of happy-ism which also explains the main topic. I  should focus on this a lot in my speech. 
I didn't get to making my slides over break but my plan is to finish them by Friday. I can always add some things if I want. 
I am going to donate 10-12 inches of my hair soon! I really wanted to give something big, other than food or something like that. This is proving the giving aspect of the categories! 
I really have liked my project because it has taught me to think about things like happiness and take everything else away. 
Hopefully I can get Microsoft PowerPoint working again at my house so I can get my slides finished. It would be a big accomplishment and then I can see what I should add before it's too late. I can't believe how fast the speech time has come! Hopefully my organization of my thoughts will go well when putting it all together. 
Until nextime, 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Happy-ism Post 21

Hello all!
21st post already. The presentation is later on next month! I have decided what I'm going to talk about.
Throughout my thinking, I have came to the idea in which all aspects can effect so many things to make someone a happy person. One thing can change another. This will be based on my categories I have said. If you think about it, each category is put together to make the feeling and they create a chain reaction of each other. I will say how some things are intentionally done and make some one happy, while others are just the reaction of things. But the intentional happiness creates reactions. Inversely, reactions create intentional happiness. 

I have taken something impossible to prove and squeezed something out of it. I tried to give a sense of happiness and "solve the science" of it. I created a kind of tangable form of happiness, called happy-ism. In the end, though, happiness is simply happiness. 

My project is ironic because my last name is Moody. This week I passed out my surveys testing weather and if it changes the mood of someone. I gave them out to people on a foggy, cloudy day. The problem is that there are so many variables that can go along. Again, it's just the chain reaction of happiness and the point of my speech. I tried to keep the surveys quick and easy to fill out, payed attention to the style of print(whatif that had something to do with the results), and the exact day I would hand out. I asked them their age, the weather, mood on a scale of 1-10, mood in one word, level of stress, and I asked how the weather made them feel. The results varied. Some said they had a very low level in mood with high level of stress, some said no stress, high mood, high mood and stress...and so on. It's a very sensitive subject to work on and test. I will do it again on a day with different weather/places/days of the week. So many things I could do to take this farther. I will do some more of this when I'm in Florida for spring break. 

Also for the things I need to "test" more but really can't test with an experiment, such as loved and be loved or understandment and accomplishment-I can easily say how these thigs come along with the intentional happiness or the reaction happiness. In this case, both examples would be a reaction happiness. More terms to organize my thoughts. I can make some categories be triggered by reaction and other by intentional doings. But it's all Happy-ism! I'm really growing to love that word. 

Here's a visual to what this "Happy-ism" is all about:

In my PowerPoint slides I will give my audience explanations like these along with stories. I am excited to make the slides because it will bring all my thoughts together. The power points are due in 3 weeks. Florida would be a place to do things too because it seems like everyone's happy there. Maybe in Florida I can take pictures for my slides that give a happy feeling. A question for this would be, Why are they thought to be "happy"? It will make my presentation more fun to watch. I want it to be unordinary. After all, I am the student who chose a happiness project. Might as well make the project part happy too. My biggest fear when doing my presentation is starting to stutter and completely drawing a blank on everything I'm going to say. Basically the worst thing that can happen. I get like that when pressure is on. I will continue to do things that will benefit my explanation. I hope everything will work out! 
Until next time!
"Happiness is not the absence of problems, it's the ability to deal with them." 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Happy-ism post 20

Hi again,
These past two weeks I have been trying to focus on one person's mood by changing different things in their life. I tested talking more in class and to random strangers- it can give you energy and get your mind going. This can really change one's happiness. Since last time, I talked about flaws people have that hold people back. For me, organization is a big one. Keeping your mind straight is something I have found that brings you into a happy mood. Also I believe that mood is connected to people around everyone.
I have made the questions testing weather amd mood that I will hand out to my dad's work, my mom's work, and people my age. I will give out the survey twice: one day on a dreary weather day, and another day on a sunny spring day later on.

-what is your age? (To see if there is a difference in age as a variable)
-what is your mood in one word?
On a scale of 1-10....
-what is your current energy level?
-current level of stress?
-does your mood seem to reflect the weather? Yes/No

I will hand out as many as I can until next post.

I case you forgot what the happy-ism categories are that I am trying to prove, here they are!

Categories of Happy-ism:
1. Understandment or accomplishment
2. Feeling noticed or needed
3. Joyful spirit and optimism
4. Something different or satisfactction with what you are doing
5. Relieved or helped
6. Know you did something good
7. To love and be loved
8. Feeling your best

So far, here is my reflection of what I proved for each category:

1. ?
2. working with folks at nursing home and giving surprises 
3. caroling,reminding people to be positive
4. Bringing change up to things
5. helping people at nursing home, helping people around houses
6. I will donate my hair
7. Can't really prove with an experiment
8.  Changing flaws in someone's personal life, seeing weather and mood connection (will do with survey)

After reflecting on this myself, I have to prove the accomplishment and understand net (#1)
And I want to touch on every one of them a bit more. Especially helping people by reaching out to other things. Ideas that I have said in the past have not worked with each category. 
Any suggestions I can do? My goal for the rest of the project is to reach out more to different people.

On my free time, I have been researching other people's experiments on being happy. 
This website has the same idea as me with different ways people are happy. 
Yet it seems they didn't follow through with their experiments.
Also this website says what people happier people do differently. 
My categories have a lot that are in these theories. 

For my speech, I want to focus on the idea that everyone should understand that people should be more openly minded of being happy in everyday life whether it is helping someone, or just fixing yourself. Although I'm not sure yet. 

"Always laugh when you can. It's cheaper than medicine" 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Happy-ism post 19

So this week I have been focusing on the behavior of one person by changing my habits. I stopped and looked at my personality downfalls. I am not an organized person at all. My room is messy all the time, and papers are everywhere shoved in my backpack and locker. I started the week with a clean room to start this habit changing week. I also aimed for a goal to participate more in all my classes! Usually I am not the best person for participation. I thought about some of my happy-ism categories, and not participating would completely break some of them! So I'll see how this turns out. Will it have me do better in class? Make time go by faster? It just may. I like this idea of focusing on one persons changing of habits for the time being. Hopefully I will keep doing this experiment because it puts me into a better attitude. Also, within the topic of creating yourself, I feel people should worry less on bad things. Success comes to those who aren't worried for the result. For example, wrote this blog once and it didn't save so I had to re-do it. How frustrating. But it's ok.
I also added one more happy-ism category! It's feeling your best! Now that I added this one, everything that makes people happy falls under one category! I thought of this from the idea of the habit changing experiment. Google Docs has really been a big help with writing my book. It is so much more accessable.
I also want to do an experiment of the weather change. That one should be intresting! And it's the perfect time to because we are just coming out of winter.
The ice age is over! Which means soccer season, and a lot more sunshine. Also I can ride my bike everywhere! I love riding my bike, I feel free like I can do anything I want. Also my house is near the sunrise nursing home so I can visit there more often.
When spring comes, I want to put together a garden at a public place.
My teacher is assigning these blog posts every other week now. Yet they help me a lot with organizing my thoughts and push me to do more. So I might do a post 19 and a half to keep me going.
Wish me luck the next week, I hope for it to be a good one!
"Life isn't about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself." -unknown (and being happy along the way!)