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The Habits of Heart

The Habits of Heart are a set of emotional dispositions which when explicitly taught, allow students to understand their own and others' emotional intelligence.

 

Teaching students to think intellectually should also include teaching them to think about their emotional intelligence.  As students work more and more with technology, we need to take time to purposefully teach them what their emotions are, how they can recognise them and how they connect us together.  

 

When asking for accurate academic work from students, we can also ask:  Is it fair and ethical?  Is it good?  Is it truthful?  Is it beautiful? How might it unite and not divide?

 

The Habits of Heart are each accommanied by an icon specifically designed to reflect the habit.  This makes it eaiser for young people to remember them and assist as visual cues for learning.

 

"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."  Aristotle

 

 

Compassion

An understanding and empathy for the suffering of others.

 

I am living compassionately when I care for all others with empathy and understanding.

 

 

Love 

The ability to extend one's self in order to nurture yourself or someone else, for the purpose of personal growth.

 

I am living with love when I consider what is best for myself and others in my actions and words.

 

 

Forgiveness 

A conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness.

 

I am living with forgiveness when I let go of the past/release anger and   resentment.

 

 

Trust

Firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.

 

I am living with trust when I have faith in people and situations and expect positive outcomes.

 

 

Acceptance 

A person's assent to the reality of a situation, recognizing a process or condition (often a negative or uncomfortable situation) without attempting to change it, protest, or exit.

 

I am living with acceptance when I take responsibility for who I am and my     actions and acknowledge the reality of who I am.

 

 

Generosity

The act of giving without judgement.

 

I am living generously when I give freely without expectation or condition.

 

 

Openness 

A tendency to accept new ideas, methods and changes.

 

I am living openly when I consider other possibilities without judgement or assumptions.

 

 

Patience 

The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.

 

I am living with patience when I calmly allow time to pass.

 

 

Gratitude

The quality of being thankful and readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

 

I am living gratefully when I actively seek opportunities to appreciate what I have, who I am, what others have and who they are.

 

 

Stillness 

The state of being quiet and calm.

 

I am living with stillness when I regularly take time to connect with my inner self.

 

 

Intuition 

The ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.

 

I am living with intuition when I listen to/acknowledge my inner voice and feeling.

 

 

Presence 

The state of existing within the immediate proximity in time and space.

 

I am living with presence when I attend to that which is before me.

 

 

Truthfulness

Consistently being truthful and honest with yourself.

 

I am living with truthfulness when I am honest with myself and others.

 

 

Courage

Reasoned perseverance in the face of fear or adversity.

 

I am living with courage when I face my fears and make a stand for what I believe in.

 

 

Vulnerability 

Exposing your self to uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure.

 

I am living vulnerably when I have the courage to express myself despite uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure.

 

 

Humility 

A modest view of one’s own importance.

 

I am living humbly when I celebrate my own success with consideration for others.

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