We teach our children to read, write, dress and ride a bicycle. But, what do we do with their emotions? Teaching children about positive emotions can become the key to their happiness. Positive emotions make them more resistant to setbacks. People who bend but don’t break when faced with adversity are able to experience positive emotions even during stressful moments.
Many mental health problems have emotional origins. Misunderstood and suppressed emotions are harmful to the body and mind. Emotions are always learned, the difference is that they can be learned individually, whether good or bad. Therefore, you must teach children to understand, transform and regulate their emotions.
Getting to know your emotions
Teaching children about their emotions means teaching them lessons for life. Emotional intelligence is a set of skills for recognizing your own emotions and those of others. It also ensures that you can control them properly.
A few years ago, emotional education consisted of learning to suppress certain emotions. Fortunately, we have discovered emotional intelligence in the meantime. We’ve even realized how important it is. And that means learning to express our emotions in the right way, and not to suppress them.
The ideal way to reduce future violence and bring out altruism is to encourage social and emotional education from an early age. If a child is able to identify his or her emotions and those of his peers, he will know how to respond appropriately. This serves as a foundation from which to improve social skills, to know when to do what.
In addition, the ability to express his emotions will prevent a child from feeling voiceless. It will help the child to ask for help if he feels threatened or in danger.
How do positive emotions help us?
Positive emotions promote receptive, flexible, and integrative thought patterns. It is quite possible that this way of thinking has led to great discoveries and the most important achievements in the history of mankind.
It’s hard to imagine Michelangelo being annoyed while he was painting the Sistine Chapel, or Newton’s furious while sitting under the apple tree, or Edison and Curie depressed in their labs. In contrast, it’s easy to imagine them thinking about other options and possibilities, combining incompatible elements, completely absorbed in their work. Excited as they pursued their progress towards the desired and meaningful goal.
Along this same line, it has been proven that the diagnoses of liver disease were more successful when the physicians felt happy (Fredrickson, 2003). By ‘more successful’ they refer to the fact that in this study, happy doctors took more time to integrate the information from the case. They were less likely to base their conclusion on their first thoughts. Therefore, there was less chance of early or hasty diagnoses.
Positive emotions not only help us to feel good about ourselves, but they also help us strengthen our skills and personal talents. Experiencing positive emotions every day helps us reach a state of general happiness.