The purpose of this research assignment is for you to engage in/and write-up a self-improvement using validated instruments and evidence-based approaches. This is a well-being project that will require you to first assess the current state of your well-being using a specific screening measure. You will choose a wellbeing goal(s) to pursue over a period of time (up to two weeks). You will choose an evidence-based intervention(s) that has been introduced during the to help you achieve your goal(s). Finally, a post-intervention validated well-being questionnaire will be taken and a synthesis of the whole process, including results, will be submitted at the end of the course. These activities can also be found at https://ggia.berkeley.edu, see rubric. #GEA1
You will write this up as an empirical paper addressing the following.
Introduction: Why did you decide to change what you (hopefully) changed? What variables facilitated and impeded this change? What mechanisms may explain why? What is your hypothesis? Use research to support your answers.
Methods: Describe the procedure(s) you used to change yourself. What techniques did you use? What is the science behind these techniques? How did you measure change?
Results: What happened? Even though self-report data may suggest the intervention was effective, you must also provide corroborating evidence from other sources. Objective health indicators (e.g., fewer sick days used), and behavioral measures (noticing more good things on a daily basis; more positive social interactions) are all appropriate.
Discussion: Was your hypothesis confirmed or disconfirmed? Are your results consistent with prior research? What have you learned about self-change, and positive psychology? You might talk about strengths, weaknesses, and difficulties in implementing your intervention, or you might explain why some techniques seemed to be more effective than others. What would you do differently if you had the chance to do it again? Why?