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Emotional Intelligence, Health

Friday, March 01, 2002


ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Teaching your children to be emotionally intelligent
  • Positive interactions will enhance your health

TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN TO BE EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT

It seems that all children are born with the potential to develop a rich and balanced emotional life if placed in an environment that cultivates emotional as well as intellectual growth. What can parents do to foster that growth?

Parents need to model effective use of emotional skills in problem solving and coping with life’s inevitable struggles. Your children need to see you accept change calmly and embrace new ideas and resources. By showing tolerance for a variety of cultures, beliefs, and family-living styles, children will not be forced to consider themselves or others in oppositional terms. Such an environment helps to foster the development of compassion and empathy.

Most psychologists advocate talking freely about adult emotions so that children can become comfortable with their own emotional conflicts. Making children aware of the range of solutions available to solve problems, including an option of counseling through an adult friend, professional, church or social agency, can help adolescents cope with feelings of helplessness.

Experts agree that genetic and biological influences are not predictors of ultimate personality traits or behavioral patterns. Good parenting is so important because the brain is plastic and malleable through experience. Environments that are safe, fostering, and avoid potentially negative labels, will create the best climate for both social and cognitive growth.

Read more about good parenting skills on an article on my website.

*Information based on an article on brainconnection.com written by Martha Burns, a certified speech-language pathologist.

POSITIVE INTERACTIONS WILL ENHANCE YOUR HEALTH


Having positive, meaningful interactions will promote mental and physical well-being. Here are a few ideas:

1. Attending a cultural event might be good for your health. Interestingly, researchers have found that people who regularly attend cultural events live longer than people who don't. So plan to check out a book reading, jazz concert, local museum, or movie this weekend. The experience of learning something new and interacting socially with your peers may have a positive impact on your health.
2. Try donating some of your time to a worthy cause. It is a great way to improve the lives of others while improving your own life. People who volunteer their time experience enhanced life satisfaction and well-being. Volunteering is a great way to create social connections between people, which can foster a sense of purpose and meaning in life. These meaningful social interactions can help reduce stress.
3. Studies show that neighborhood tensions can introduce chronic stress into your life, and chronic stress has been shown to promote aging and hamper immune system function. However, positive interactions with your neighbors can create positive feelings of community and connection. So consider a few simple acts of kindness as the best way to reduce stress levels in your neighborhood and improve your health.

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