What is the Mood Meter?
The Mood Meter is a tool used to recognize and understand our own and other peoples' emotions. It's divided into four color quadrants – red, blue, green, and yellow – each representing a different set of feelings. Feelings are grouped together on the mood meter based on their pleasantness and energy level.
- Red feelings: High in energy and more unpleasant (e.g., angry, scared, and anxious)
- Blue feelings: Low in energy and more unpleasant (e.g., sad, disappointed, and lonely)
- Green feelings: Low in energy and more pleasant (e.g., calm, tranquil, and relaxed)
- Yellow feelings: High in energy and more pleasant (e.g., happy, excited, and curious)
Why recognize feelings?
Helping students recognize feelings helps them understand how feelings impact decisions and behaviors. It's also the first step in helping students develop empathy, the ability to understand the feelings of another person.