I was reading this article and it made me pause to think. I wanted to share it because
In their preschool years, you can help your children express their thoughts and feelings by writing their words for them. In stories, poems, or letters, their language can become a way to support their ability to deal with a peer, with conflict, with sad or scary feelings. The words can help your children sort out their feelings, and come to terms with their own behavior.
What an emphasis on language!
I’ve heard that learning different languages can help a body to think differently. In regards to emotional literacy, I know that it can help me to articulate what I’m feeling to others. I think that if I can try to name a fear (or otherwise), then I will be less afraid of it.
Emotional intelligence can even help folks fight depression! NPR calls it “emotional resilience”.
What do you think about, “taking control of negative thoughts”?