The purpose of this unit is for students to practice strategies that can improve and monitor their emotional well-being. Students learn to identify/regulate emotions, establish habits for happiness, adjust well to change, and use resilience, perseverance, and grit when faced with challenges.
To understand our emotions, we must first identify what we feel. Once we can name the feeling, we can then understand and choose a healthy response. It is important to self-regulate our emotions so we do not simply react impulsively.
Happiness is all about positive emotions and life satisfaction, though expecting it all the time is not realistic. Seeking more positive than negative emotions is more practical. Rather than relying on things like wealth, objects, or fun experiences, choose to focus on simple habits such as enjoying the moment, participating in meaningful work, and expressing gratitude to feel happy.
Change can be upsetting, but it is part of life. Coping with change goes better when you apply strategies such as preparing mentally, brainstorming different outcomes, and focusing on what you can control. Dealing with change and other challenges requires resilience, perseverance, and grit. Luckily, these characteristics can be learned and practiced. When you take the time to understand your emotions and make wise choices, the resulting emotional health will help optimize your overall well-being.