Self Check: Improve your Emotional Intelligence

“Between stimulus and response, there is space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.”

–Viktor E. Franklin

Most of us have had a sudden outburst of frustration at work or a revolving misunderstanding with our significant others, friends, or family and we’ve all walked away wishing we’d handled it much differently. What makes some people more successful than others at handling situations like these is their level of emotional intelligence. The way we handle our emotions has a huge impact on every aspect of our lives. Our professional and personal relationships are heavily dictated on how we manage our own and the emotions of others. Our emotional intelligence plays a huge role in determining our overall success and happiness.

What exactly is emotional intelligence? Emotional intelligence involves our ability to understand, express, and control our emotions. Not just the ability to control your own emotions but your ability to understand and interpret other people’s emotions. There are four identified factors of emotional intelligence: the perception of emotion, the ability to reason using emotions, the ability to understand emotion and the ability to manage emotions.

How do you strengthen your emotional intelligence? Try focusing on reducing stress, remaining focused, and staying connected to yourself and others.

•Develop your listening skills

•Show genuine interest in others

•Manage your emotions

•Show gratitude

Remember that understanding emotional intelligence is only half the battle, you have to apply it to your everyday life. Eventually you’ll relate better to other people, form healthier relationships, achieve greater success at work, and lead a more fulfilling life.

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