What Are the Benefits of Emotional Education?

Are you aware of the benefits of emotional education? Keep reading to learn more about the importance of this valuable learning for children.
What Are the Benefits of Emotional Education?
María José Roldán

Written and verified by the psychopedagogue María José Roldán.

Last update: 03 June, 2023

You may have heard a lot about emotional education, but you may not know what it is or what benefits it offers in children’s lives. It’s not always studied in school, although it should be, and it’s a learning process that we all need in order to develop as people and succeed in life.

What is emotional education?

The way to achieve good emotional intelligence is through education. This is a lifelong process to enhance the development of emotional competencies within the integral development of people. The objective is to enable you to have good socio-emotional skills in life.

There are needs that aren’t always addressed as they should be, such as anxiety, stress, depression, or risk behaviors, among others. All these needs require an emotional background, which is what should be taken into account.

A young girl resting her chin sadly on her desk.
With emotional education, people are expected to obtain competencies that allow them to face life’s setbacks and increase their personal and social well-being.

Why is it important for children to learn about their emotions?

Emotional education is a process that should begin in childhood. It’s very important for children to learn about their emotions in order to accomplish certain goals that will allow them to lead a better life with themselves and with others. Some objectives are the following:

  • Having better knowledge of their own and others’ emotions (empathy)
  • Identifying the emotions of others and their own before falling into emotional problems
  • Increasing assertiveness and resilience
  • Have the ability to regulate emotions
  • Preventing the negative effects of the most intense emotions
  • Enhancing the development of emotions that make us feel good
  • Having good motivation in the face of life
  • Adopting a positive attitude toward life and the problems that may arise
  • Being able to enjoy the moment and manage problems in a positive way

5 benefits of emotional education

It’s key to know what the benefits of emotional education are in order to realize the importance it has in every moment of people’s lives. We’ll tell you about some of them below:

  1. Improves self-awareness and decision-making. The person has better self-esteem and is able to make decisions based on their own criteria, without having to be carried away by the thoughts of others.
  2. It prevents anxiety and stress. Thanks to emotional management, the person is able to avoid causing stress in their life. In addition, if it occurs in times of tension or a lot of activity, they’ll be able to manage it in a better way.
  3. Improves interpersonal relationships. Knowing, identifying, and understanding one’s own emotions and those of others allows for better conflict management.
  4. Enhances personal development. Emotional education helps to know yourself better.
  5. It improves psychological and emotional well-being. There are illnesses caused by poor management of emotions. Fortunately, emotional intelligence allows people to feel better inside and out.
A young girl giving her mother a warm embrace.
Playing with children, telling them that you love them, giving them hugs, listening to them actively, talking to them, and dedicating time to them are the best emotional intelligence gifts you can give them.

How to promote emotional education at home

It’s essential that emotional education is promoted at home, as it’s the most important learning place for life. For that reason, it’s important that children never lack affection or love.

In addition, it’s important to work on their self-esteem. For this, the experiences that are lived together are important. Giving them emotional management tools is necessary. Therefore, we must highlight the child’s qualities, support their efforts instead of the results, and never label them negatively or compare them with others.

It’s also essential to name emotions. At the same time, parents and adults must be aware that we must set an example. Furthermore, we must give them autonomy so that they’re able to learn from their mistakes. It’s even healthy for them to have moments of boredom, frustration, and disappointment, as learning to manage all this is also emotional education.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

  • Bisquerra Alzina, R. (2011) Educación Emocional: Propuestas para educadores y familias. Editorial: Descl

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.