So what do we mean by emotions? Do we mean everyday feelings – like being fed up, bored, interested, excited? Or do emotions suggest stronger and deeper feelings like anger, sadness, despair, joy, happiness, elation? Do we mean the mood we’re in when we wake up in the morning? Or are we looking at those overwhelming feelings which often we suppress, avoid or ignore, sometimes at great cost.
“In the last decade or so, science has discovered a tremendous amount about the role emotions play in our lives. Researchers have found that even more than IQ, your emotional awareness and abilities to handle feelings will determine your success and happiness in all walks of life, including family relationships.”
– John Gottman, from Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child
Come along to the Good Mental Health Cafe drop-in event on Wednesday 12 June, and join this free workshop on Emotions: Friend or Foe? with Carolyn Barber. Understand different emotions and the stories we attach to our feelings, and explore the ways in which emotions affect us physically and mentally.