Half Full: the science of raising happy kids

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Half Full Blog is for parents interested in raising happy and emotionally literate kids.

Last Fall featured a blogversation series between two
parents, the Greater Good Science Center executive director Christine Carter, Ph.D., and
newspaper columnist Kelly Corrigan. You can read their blog or watch the video series.
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Emotional literacy—the ability to recognize and respond
constructively to our own emotions and those of others—is one of the
most important keys to well-being. Social and emotional intelligence is
first developed in infancy through interactions with parents and key
caregivers; in childhood and adolescence, emotional literacy fosters
resilience and helps close academic achievement gaps, promoting gains
in nearly every area of children’s lives, including their happiness. By
giving parents the tools they need to raise socially and emotionally
intelligent children, we can help inoculate them against depression and

Many of the topics we’ll cover this past Fall weren’t be about teaching
kids about specific emotions or emotional literacy directly. For
example, we talked about why research shows that family mealtimes are
important, and how you can habitually cultivate some of the positive
emotions that make for a happy life during family meals.

Look closely and you’ll notice buttons and links throughout that give you access to further content. For example, “Try This at Home” brings you to a printable page with helpful reminders and topics for family discussions or activities, and “Read This”
links to books, both for adults and children, related to the discussion
topic. (If you have suggestions for books to list in this section, by
all means please tell us!)

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