#EmotionRevolution Survey and Summit

The Survey

Born This Way Foundation and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence partnered to launch the Emotion Revolution Survey. Collecting data from over 22,000 high school students, the survey found that when students were asked how they currently feel in school, 75% of the responses were negative. In fact, the most common responses were “tired,” “stressed,” and “bored.” However, when students were asked how they want to feel in school, the most frequently listed emotions were overwhelming positive, such as “happy,” “energized,” and “excited.”

The Summit

The results of the survey were unveiled at the 2015 Emotion Revolution Summit, cohosted by Born This Way Foundation and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. The event brought together educators, policy makers, advocates and over 200 young people and included panel discussions, workshops, and inspiring remarks from speakers including our very own Lady Gaga.


The Emotion Revolution Summit served as a platform for young people and adults alike to share their ideas for creating more positive learning environments, prioritizing students’ emotional development and wellbeing. The conversation continued online through the #IAmNotJust hashtag which gathered millions of social media impressions and trended globally.

Check out these videos from the Summit’s opening and closing sessions to find out more!