What is Emotional Intelligence (EQ)?
We have two brains, a cognitive brain and an emotional brain. The cognitive brain is for storing information. The emotional brain decides what we do with this information. Positive or negative memories are stored in the emotional centers of our brain. These emotional centers grow the fastest between birth and six years. During this crucial time, these centers require positive stimulation and social and emotional skill development.
These centers are 80% responsible for our physical, psychological and cognitive well-being. All life decisions, such as what we eat, our careers and how we raise our children are all made from our emotional brains. However, it is never too late to create a healthy emotional brain. It just takes conscious awareness of reinforcing emotional intelligence skills.
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is a direct result of learning the skills that promote managing one’s emotions and thinking in a positive framework. Working as a family or in the classroom with different personalities is significantly easier when we have an understanding of the language of feelings and emotions and how to manage them effectively. Becoming an emotionally intelligent family or classroom secures an emotionally safe environment that promotes growth and learning.
Key Characteristics of School Readiness
- Cooperativeness (Service)
- Capacity to Communicate, Admitting Wrong & Saying “I’m Sorry”
- Curiosity, Freedom to Discover and Play
Emotional Intelligence Skill
- Motivate Oneself
- Control Impulse & Delay Gratification
- Regulate One’s Mood
- Not Letting Emotions Swamp the Ability to Think
- Sustain Hope and Build Dreams and Goals
- Persist in the Face of Frustration
Emotional Intelligence Activity
- Sharing Kind Messages
- Choosing Happy Thoughts
- Being a Great Helper
- Saying Affirmations with the words “I Am”
- Saying “I’m Sorry” and the Ability to Forgive
- Sharing and Compromising in Play
- Speaking and Thinking Gratefulness