Heart-Mind Well-being

Heart-Mind well-being refers to creating a balance between educating the mind and educating the heart. While there is a great focus in our society on academic achievement, research has demonstrated the positive impacts of social and emotional learning and, in fact, that heart and mind learning are interconnected.
  • Children who develop social and emotional skills have better attitudes about themselves and others, and better social interactions.
  • Children with strong social and emotional skills are less aggressive, can handle difficult emotions, and they have lower levels of emotional distress.
  • Students who receive Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) instruction improve an average 11 percentile points on standardized achievement tests compared to students who do not receive such instruction.
  • We can successfully create conditions in schools, communities and families that build the capacity of children to recognize their emotions, to understand and empathize with others, and to make constructive choices.
  • We can foster positive human qualities such as compassion, empathy and confidence, and we can help children manage difficult emotions such as fear, hatred, anger, and anxiety.



Heart-Mind well-being consists of five positive human qualities, which are anchored in evidence-based research related to the social and emotional development of children.

GETS ALONG WITH OTHERS - the ability to form positive and healthy relationships with peers and adults.

COMPASSIONATE AND KIND - the ability to be aware of other people's emotions and a desire to help when a person is in need.

SOLVES PROBLEMS PEACEFULLY - the ability to behave in a peaceful and respectful way in a variety of situations and relationships.

SECURE AND CALM - the ability to take part in daily activities and approach new situations without being overwhelmed with worries, sadness or anxiety.

ALERT AND ENGAGED - the ability to stay calm, focused and alert; to demonstrate self-control and to slow down and think before acting.