Emotions

All Emotions are part of human nature. Emotions give us information about what we're experiencing and help us know how to react.

We sense these from the time we're babies. Infants and young children react to their emotions with facial expressions or with actions like laughing, cuddling, or crying. When you are young you feel and show emotions, but they don't yet have the ability to name the emotion or say why they feel that way.

As we get bigger, we become more skilled in understanding our emotions, and emotions of others. Instead of just reacting like small children do, we can identify what we feel and put it into words. With time and practice, we get better at knowing what we are feeling and why. This skill is called emotional awareness.

Emotional awareness helps us know what we need and want. It helps us build better relationships. That's because being aware of our emotions can help us talk about feelings more clearly, this then help us to avoid or resolve conflicts better, and move past difficult feelings more easily.

Some people are naturally more in touch with emotions than others. However, everyone can be more aware of their emotions. It just takes practice. But it's worth the effort: Emotional awareness is the first step toward building emotional intelligence, a skill that can help people succeed in life.

At Harlands Jason Rhodes is visiting our school to share his book "Imagine Eating Lemons" to help us to try and understand our emotions. This book can be bought through many good bookshops.