Is Emotional Intelligence Training the Key to Self-Improvement?

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From meditation to “Self Help for Dummies,” chances are that if you’re interested in self-improvement, you’ve tried every trick in the book. But have you tried emotional intelligence training? Emotional intelligence is built on the same pillars as many self-improvement programs; it makes sense that they would go hand-in-hand. Before you can use emotional intelligence training to your benefit, you need to have a thorough understanding of what it is and why it benefits self-improvement. Let’s take a look: What’s Emotional Intelligence? Emotional intelligence (EQ) is your ability to recognize both your own and other people’s’ emotions, to tell your … Continued

Emotional Learning Starts in Infancy: Giving Your Child the Best Start

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Emotional learning is a lifelong process that begins at birth and continues throughout your child’s entire life. It’s common knowledge these days that children with high EQ have better lifelong outcomes, from school to work and beyond. The benefits include increased life satisfaction, better relationships, and higher stability. Who doesn’t want that for their child? Give your little one the best start possible by encouraging his emotional development starting in the very first months of his life. The first year of life can be broken down into four quarters of development. Here’s what you can do to supplement your child’s … Continued

The New Holiday Toy Trend is Social & Emotional Intelligence Building

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In the past five years or so, holiday toy trends have consistently put forth electronic toys as the “go-to” gifts for kids. We’ve seen everything from Furby to relaunches of the Nintendo Classic systems. This year, trends are evolving, and children are asking for toys that promote tangible learning of social and emotional intelligence skills. From jaunty puppets and colorful finger paints to Emotion Stones and more, here’s a guide to choosing holiday toys that benefit your child’s emotional well-being. Exploring Social Situations Playing pretend is one of the biggest ways that preschoolers learn to explore social situations and navigate … Continued

Why We Need SEL Programs in Schools

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After decades, social and emotional learning (SEL) is finally getting the attention it deserves from parents and teachers who recognize that a child’s emotional health is as important as his physical health. Unfortunately, getting SEL programs into school has proven difficult, as school boards and directors resist adding yet another program to underfunded schools. It’s clear why we need SEL programs in schools—children without emotional intelligence skills face harsh realities, and we can save them from facing a life of hardship by putting SEL in schools where it belongs. A lifetime without SEL leads to unnecessary and preventable hardships for … Continued

How Low Emotional Intelligence Will Affect Our Children in Adulthood

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As educators, parents, and childcare workers, we’re lucky enough to live in an era where emotional intelligence is finally discussed in the open. Researchers focus on the benefits of high EQ in childhood, but they’re less vocal about the problems that plague adults with low emotional intelligence as they try to navigate the social aspects of school, work, and relationships. You can’t truly have a full grasp on the benefits of SEL without knowing what happens to children who don’t have access to this crucial curriculum as they grow into adults. The problems are vast, and include: Trouble Performing in … Continued

What is Emotional Intelligence? A Definitive Look

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There’s a lot of buzz these days about emotional intelligence, or EQ, and why it should be part of schools and education. It’s said that EQ has huge benefits, from better relationships to better performance at school and work. But what is emotional intelligence, anyway? For all the buzz, there isn’t enough in-depth discussion about EQ and what it does to benefit today’s children and adults. Let’s take a closer look: What is Emotional Intelligence? It’s hard to boil down emotional intelligence into a single definition, because there are so many ways to define it. It was first described by … Continued

How Developing Emotional Intelligence is a Game-Changer for Anxiety Disorders

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Without the right coping mechanisms, anxiety can be crippling. The problem is, finding those coping mechanisms is a real challenge, because no two cases respond the same way. Plenty of patients bounce back and forth between SSRI treatment, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and lifestyle changes without finding quite the right balance. Developing emotional intelligence, or EQ, gives you access to an entirely new skillset, which you can use to cope with your anxiety disorder and reclaim your quality of life. What is EQ and What Does it Have to Do With Anxiety? Emotional intelligence is the ability to handle emotions with grace, … Continued

Tantrums Are Healthy: Encouraging Your Child to Embrace His Emotions, Positive or Negative

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There comes a time in every parent’s life when he has to handle full-blown, screaming, kicking, public tantrums for the very first time. Seeing your child in a worked-up emotional state is hard, no matter what your parenting strategy is. It’s tempting to go back on your word and tell her “yes, you can have that candy bar,” or to sternly tell him that we don’t scream in this house. Both courses of action have one commonality: they tell your child that expressing her emotions is bad. She’ll learn to shut up when she’s upset, and she’ll grow up to … Continued

5 Ways Emotional Intelligence Skill-Building Benefits Kids Later in Life

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Emotional intelligence (or EQ) skill-building programs help individuals to build their own personal emotional awareness. This includes regulating personal emotions as well as responding to peer emotions. Developing EQ can help children today and later in life by giving kids the skills they need to manage their feelings, solve problems, and function well, later translating into a successful adulthood. Here are 5 ways that emotional intelligence skill-building can benefit kids later in life: Benefit #1: Stronger Interpersonal Relationships Strong emotional intelligence helps children to develop stronger interpersonal relationships by building empathy. Children who are able to see problems from another … Continued

Can Social and Emotional Learning Close Achievement Gaps in Education?

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In the past, academic achievement was often linked to cognitive intelligence, or IQ. Recently, as more research is published exploring achievement gaps in education, studies show that emotional intelligence—or EQ—also significantly impacts educational achievement.  Social and emotional learning programs take place at the district level, at school, in preschools and daycares, and even at home. Could these programs help close the achievement gap? Emotional Intelligence vs. Cognitive Intelligence While cognitive intelligence measures how you interpret and process abstract ideas, solve problems, and reason through challenging concepts, emotional intelligence is a measure of how you manage your own emotions, as well … Continued

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