Emotions Matter

Emotions drive learning, decision-making, creativity, relationships, and health.

The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence uses the power of emotions to create a more effective and compassionate society. The Center conducts research and teaches people of all ages how to develop their emotional intelligence.

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  • Creating a Community of Emotional Learning in Connecticut
    Creating a Community of Emotional Learning in Connecticut

    Standing before a crowd of 150 leaders in education from across Connecticut, Marc Brackett, Ph.D., Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, polled the room: “So, how are you feeling this morning?” A happy murmur spread through the audience at Yale’s West Campus, where educators, administrators, and friends of the Center were gathered for the first of many events committed to making Connecticut the first emotionally intelligent state. The packed auditorium represented a diverse range of districts across the state of Connecticut where RULER, the Center’s evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning (SEL), has already been implemented in dozens of schools, from pre-K to high school. RULER helps schools integrate emotional intelligence into their everyday practice. It enhances the way students learn, educators teach and lead, and families nurture their children. “RULER is changing lives from Milford to Branford, to Hartford and Bridgeport,” underscored Steven Hernández, Esq., Executive Read more

  • How to Change the Story About Students of Color
    How to Change the Story About Students of Color

    Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life | April 18, 2017 As a teacher and teacher-educator for more than a decade, I have had the privilege of working with thousands of educators. Now, in my current capacity as the director of education at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, part of my job is supporting educators from all over the nation in learning, living, and teaching social and emotional learning (SEL), a set of life skills that support people in experiencing, managing, and expressing their emotions effectively and in fostering rewarding interpersonal relationships. Throughout all of these years working with educators in various capacities, I have been continually inspired by their dedication to supporting their students’ academic, social, and emotional growth. Read the full article here. Read more

  • Let’s talk: The art of understanding and repairing our differences
    Let’s talk: The art of understanding and repairing our differences

    BY ROBIN STERN AND DIANA DIVECHA In the wake of the presidential election, feelings are running high in America, with half of the electorate rejoicing and the other half panicking. The divide we felt in the nation in the run-up to the election now seems more intense than ever. How can we understand our differences? How can we begin to repair them? In the world of emotional intelligence, we close the gaps in our understanding of people “on the other side” by first being aware of our own feelings and stories, and then getting curious about the feelings and stories on the other side of the conversation. This is not easy. A conversation that includes opposing viewpoints can feel like looking at the classic vase-or-face picture. We alternate between seeing one or the other. But to see the entire picture — or hold an integrated conversation — requires that all Read more

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