4 Ways to Improve Your EQ and Get More Out of Life

Why do people seek to improve? It’s because we know there’s something improved out there. A bigger house, a faster car, a better way of life. Therefore, we take courses to improve our skills or read books to increase our knowledge.

Yes, we have an insatiable desire to improve. And with good reason. Improving certain parts of our lives may well increase our happiness.

With this in mind, we’d like to apply our self-improvement lenses to a significant part of our lives: our emotional intelligence. What exactly is this, and why is it significant? Let’s have a look.

What is Emotional Intelligence?

People describe it as a necessary component for achieving life's success.

Emotional intelligence is the capacity to understand and manage the emotions of yourself and others. You’d be able to regulate how emotions influence you if you had emotional intelligence. You can also influence how others get affected by your emotions and vice versa.

Developing this ability can assist in better managing your relationships. For this and other reasons, we hear that people with this ability find success in life.

Do you see why this is the case? Consider who you’d prefer on your team: one who can’t work well with others or someone who can motivate and collaborate well with teammates? Also, consider those whom you are eager to assist when they are in need. These are usually the folk who make you and others happy.

As shown, those with increased emotional intelligence are better equipped to be successful.

How to Raise Your Emotional Intelligence

Use these strategies to increase your emotional intelligence:

1. Develop an awareness of your own and others’ emotions. Are you able to identify the emotions you’re experiencing right now? What exactly are they? What circumstances set them off? Are you able to read other people’s emotions?

● The answers you find will reveal how sensitive you are to your own and others’ emotional states. It’s time to pay attention if you notice you’re not attuned enough.

● Examine your emotional condition from time to time to see how you’re feeling. You can also recognize other people’s feelings by paying attention to what they try to say.

● Be attentive to their body language also, as they won’t always express themselves with words. Consider what might cause your and others’ sentiments as you recognize them.

2. Develop empathy. Being able to recognize emotions is important. In order to fully understand what someone is feeling, though, you must be able to put yourself in their shoes.

● Practice putting yourself in the positions of others. Think about how you would act if you were in their shoes. Studies show that reading books with diverse characters helps us improve this trait.

● Such exercises can help you develop empathy, which will increase your emotional intelligence.

3. Reflect on the emotions of yourself and others for a better understanding. Think about the effect of emotion on your choices and how you act. Try to understand what emotions could cause people to react the way they do.

● What is affecting the mood of this person? What makes your feelings different from theirs?

● It is easier to understand how emotions cause people to think and act when you reflect on such problems.

4. Seek feedback. Find out how your family, friends, and co-workers rate your emotional intelligence. For instance, ask about how you handle disagreements and challenges. Ask about how well you adjust to situations and how empathetic you are.

● It won’t always be what you’d like to hear, but it is almost always what you need to.

Studies show that people with high emotional intelligence enjoy superior mental health, professional performance, and leadership qualities. It’s a key to having great relationships and achieving your objectives.

Work to increase your emotional intelligence. When you do, you can realize your full potential and be successful in life.

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