Why do emotions matter? By Melissa Eisler

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Twenty years of research done at Yale found that emotions matter for many reasons, five of the primary reasons they matter at work and school are related to:
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Attention, Memory and Learning:
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If you’re feeling stressed out, it’s difficult to learn, be productive, and work effectively.
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If you’re feeling bored, it’s difficult to focus and pay attention.
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A recent study surveyed 22,000 high school students around the country and found that about 75 percent of the words they chose to describe their emotional states were negative, 23 percent were positive, and 2 percent were neutral.
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The top three emotions tallied were:
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Tired, stressed and bored.
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They correlated these negative emotional states to lowered academic performance.
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In other words, our nation’s youth is not learning in an environment (or in emotional states) conducive to learning.
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