How are your people skills?
Are you aware of when someone may be happy, upset, or nervous? Can you tell when you are feeling sad, excited, scared, or filled with joy?
Emotional intelligence is our ability to recognize our own and others’ emotions, label feelings, know the difference between particular feelings, and use this information to direct our thinking and behavior.
Some ways to increase emotional intelligence:
1. Process your feelings and experiences through journaling.
As you write freely, you become more aware of yourself and your experiences.
2. Learn the names of various emotions.
Get a feelings wheel or list of feelings and download it to your phone to look at whenever you need to label an emotion.
3. Take it to the next level by naming the thought that accompanies that emotion.
Thoughts and feelings are generally tied together. If you are having a feeling, there is usually a thought that accompanies it. Such as feeling scared and thinking you should turn the lights on or thinking you are not safe.
If you are having a thought, there is usually a feeling that accompanies it. Such as thinking you cannot wait to eat pizza tonight and feeling excited.
4. Are you experiencing your emotions in your body?
5. Process emotions, thoughts, both yours and others.
6. You have ownership over your life.
You can choose how you respond to any given situation. Try the suggestions in this post to increase your emotional intelligence. Focus on what you can control and experience the freedom that accompanies that mindset.
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