This month, we learn to be socially savvy by looking at the role of manners in teamwork and the importance of sharing, taking turns, communication, and encouraging one another. Good manners are the foundation for strong social skills, enrich our communication skills, and cultivate gratitude. The next week we dive deeper into gratitude, a social savvy skill which means to feel a deep appreciation of what one has. Researchers have found that showing gratitude increase well-being, health, and happiness. Being grateful and expressing it is also associated with increased energy, optimism, and empathy. Last, we learn about emotional intelligence and examine how we can identify emotions, understanding where emotions come from and learn ways to manage our emotions. In Daniel Goldman’s book, Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More than IQ, Daniel Goldman explains 5 components of emotional intelligence; self-awareness, self-regulation, internal motivation, empathy and social skills.
Students will increase their Social Savvy Skills as they learn manners or the rules for social situations, feel gratitude and an appreciation for others, and learn how their emotional intelligence will help to regulate emotions and build social connections.