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4-H clover Use a R.U.L.E.R. for Emotions

March 25, 2021

Emotions are not bad or good. Emotions are an important part of the human experience. Developing emotional intelligence can be a challenging and rewarding part of youth development. Emotional intelligence is a key social emotional learning skill that can help youth become powerful change agents in their community.

Not sure where to start in increasing either your own emotional intelligence or for the young people you work with? Consider the R.U.L.E.R. approach. This approach created by Marc Brackett, Ph.D at Yale University has been used in classrooms, with families and out-of-school time youth programs.

Let’s break down the formula to learn more!

  • Recognize emotions in self and others
  • Understanding the cause and consequences of emotions
  • Labeling emotions accurately
  • Expressing emotions appropriately
  • Regulating emotions effectively

Consider learning more at https://www.rulerapproach.org/.


Courtney Johnson

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Itasca County



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