The Science Behind the Mood Meter

The Mood Meter is one of the “anchors of Emotional Intelligence” in the RULER program. It helps people develop the core RULER skills: Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing, and Regulating emotions. The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence describes it as follows:

The Mood Meter develops emotional intelligence over time. Learning to identify and label emotions is a critical step toward cultivating emotional intelligence. Using the Mood Meter can help you become more mindful of how your emotions change throughout the day and how your emotions in turn affect your actions.  Using the Mood Meter can help you to develop self-awareness and self-regulation, it’s important to understand the full scope of your emotional life.

Mood Meter Mobile App Overview

The Mood Meter, a square evenly divided into four quadrants of primary colors, is the centerpiece of the mobile app. Each color quadrant represents a category of moods:

RED emotions are unpleasant and high in energy, like anger, frustration and anxiety
YELLOW emotions are pleasant and high in energy, like excitement, joy and elation
BLUE emotions are unpleasant and low in energy, like boredom, sadness and despair
GREEN emotions are pleasant and low in energy, like tranquility, serenity and satisfaction

First, users consider where their feeling falls on the Mood Meter in terms of how pleasant or unpleasant they feel (x-axis) and how high or low energy they feel (y-axis). As the user plots their feeling on the Mood Meter, the app reveals emotion words tied to each coordinate on the grid.

Each quadrant has 25 emotion words, for a total of 100 emotion words in the Mood Meter.

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