It helps us to deal constructively with decisions about our lives.
This can have consequences for health if young people actively make decisions about their actions in relation to health by assessing the different options, and what effects different decisions may have.
It contributes to both decision making and problem solving by enabling us to explore the available alternatives and various consequences of our actions or non-action.
It helps us to look beyond our direct experience, and even if no problem is identified, or no decision is to be made, creative thinking can help us to respond adaptively and with flexibility to the situations of our daily lives.
It is the ability to imagine what life is like for another person, even in a situation that we may not be familiar with.
Empathy can help us to understand and accept others who may be very different from us, which can improve social interactions, for example when interacting with different cultures and ethnicities.
Empathy can also help to encourage nurturing behaviour towards people in need of care and assistance, or tolerance, as is the case with cancer sufferers, or people with mental disorders, who may be stigmatized and ostracized by the very people they depend upon for support.
It involves recognising emotions in ourselves and others, being aware of how emotions influence behaviour, and being able to respond to emotions appropriately. Intense emotions, like anger or sorrow can have negative effects on our health if we do not react appropriately