The Love Smart Cards are an educational social-emotional learning tool that strengthens intra and interpersonal skills in emotional literacy, empathic understanding, conflict resolution, gratitude practice, and character development.
The box of Love Smart Cards includes four colorful decks of cards, four index cards, and a Getting Started Guide. The four decks of cards include 84 Universal Longings/Needs cards, 54 Emotions Connected to Longings, 54 Emotions Connected to Met Longings, and 56 Character Strength Cards, and 14 Guiding Question Cards – 262 cards total.
In contrast to having words lists, by flipping through the cards, one at a time, the “player” is more likely to feel a somatic connection to the various emotions, needs and values written on the cards. Word lists, while helpful, can be overwhelming in times of duress as the mind is often wanted to break from the problem, however, reading one word at a time is easy. The mind can easily ask, “do I feel this now?” and answer with a yes, no, or maybe. While this process is simple, the result of doing it can be surprisingly profound. Regular use of these cards builds the vocabulary and line of thought that supports successful conflict resolution, trains and attitude of gratitude, compassion, and forgiveness, builds character, and supports emotional resiliency.
The cards can be played to create better understanding of your personal situation, but can also be used to create deeper compassionate understanding for others you might be in conflict with and can be used as a bridge for understanding.