Emotional Intelligence – “Why we need it now, more than never”


While it’s easy to think Emotional Intelligence or EQ as it’s commonly referred to by the term Emotional Quotient) is all about mushy feelings, it’s an idea born from psychological research and now strengthened by neuroscience. 

It is an awareness of your own emotions and your ability to use that awareness in life situations. 

Well, the question is how do we understand ourselves? And how do we use that knowledge to succeed in the world around us?

These questions have been answered in this Life class.

An emotionally intelligent person is aware of the influence emotions have on people, acts accordingly, and consequently has more successful relationships all around. 

Drawing on the work of Daniel Goleman, below are five pillars of emotional intelligence

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-regulation
  • Self-motivation
  • Empathy
  • Social skills

Although emotional intelligence seems to come naturally to some, our brain’s plasticity means we can increase our emotional intelligence if we’re willing to put in the work.

Here I would like to share my learning from the “Happiness Program” on the ways to boost our Emotional Intelligence skills that I could connect with these sessions.

  • Listen to others
  • Exude positivity and kindness
  • Take responsibility for your actions
  • Develop self-awareness
  • Connect with breath and emotions (Meditate)
  • Empathize

The more regular we are and the more we sustain our practice, the easier it will be to dive deeper within to find our inner strength, our sense of self-esteem, a sense of creativity, and our inborn intuitive ability – and that translates into Emotional Intelligence.

One comment

  • Very well expressed and summarized the session of emotional intelligence. The connections made and the action plan is explicit. The image shoping the connection between eq and iq got me thinking and made me reality how interconnected these both term are. Hope I am able to take these learning with me in my future.

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