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Emotional Style Questionnaire

Scientists at the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a tool to measure “emotional style,” a term describing the variations in how we respond to emotionally challenging events. The measure, inspired by the work of the Center’s and Healthy Minds Innovation’s Founder and Director Richard Davidson, was featured in his 2012 New York Times bestselling book The Emotional Life of Your Brain

The measurement tool is a questionnaire that yields scores for six emotional dimensions -- resilience, outlook, social intuition, self-awareness, sensitivity to context, and attention -- which can be traced to specific brain circuits. It also results in an overall score of healthy emotionality, which is the average of the six dimensions. The questionnaire as a whole acts as a summary assessment of a person’s emotional well-being.

Learn more about this measure from the Center for Healthy Minds. 

Healthy Minds Innovations is pleased to make the Emotional Style Questionnaire available for non-commercial research purposes. If you are interested in licensing this measure for commercial purposes, please contact Josie Larimer at

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Kindness Curriculum

Based on Center for Healthy Minds research with preschoolers, the Kindness Curriculum features age-appropriate mindfulness activities to help children develop skills that will support them throughout their lives. The curriculum includes lessons in focused attention, breathing practices, movement exercises to develop awareness, books related to themes of kindness and caring, and activities that provide children with the opportunity to demonstrate acts of kindness toward one another. 

The Kindness Curriculum is being used by teachers around the world and is available for free download in both English and Spanish.

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