There has been a tremendous focus on mental health literacy. Unfortunately, when we speak about mental health, we are most often really speaking about mental illness. This conversation results in confusion, and inadvertently further extends and promotes a culture of illness and disease. By focusing on symptoms and disorders, the language of emotion is obscured. We suggest a new approach to understanding and promoting wellness at work: emotional literacy. Emotions have their own language, and that language has its own inherent logic. Emotions are valuable sources of information, and learning the language of emotion allows us access to that information which is vital to making good, informed decisions at work and in our daily lives. The information held in emotion informs us about our values, our purpose, our safety and our needs; all of which are vital to our understanding and fulfilling our purpose in life to the best of our ability.