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7 Exceptional Tips to Improve your Emotional Intelligence

Life is beautiful and has some fundamental elements inevitably attached and integrated into it, such elements are emotions, attitude, feelings etc. Emotional intelligence, as one of the elements of life is a lifetime practice offered by nature to help us measure our abilities in perceiving our emotions, as well as the emotions of others in order to be able to manage them effectively. Several ways can help improve one’s emotional intelligence and below are seven exceptional ways in which will help you distinguish yourself in any situation.

#7 Become More Self-conscious
It is vital that you give adequate attention to yourself and become more self aware. One of the basic areas of emotional intelligence is self-consciousness. This is actually the foundation for other areas. Intrapersonal communication such as deep thoughts, soliloquizing and meditation can help you become more self- conscious, but in addition to this, you must deliberately give yourself to training and self-development activities such as enrolling in intelligent courses, joining creative groups, getting a special instructor etc. It is also important that you set a standard for yourself in certain areas and watch yourself attain the standard, because the more you gauge your emotions, the much better you can monitor, adjust or change them. Your feelings and your thoughts can be used as a technique to monitor your emotional intelligence.

#6 Always Display Certain Level of Happiness
One of the great ways to improve your emotional intelligence is by displaying a high level of happiness even in the face of dire challenges. It’s important that you make deliberate efforts to boost your own happiness. According to the book- the conquest of happiness “, “happiness must be, for most men and women, an achievement rather than gift of the gods, and in this achievement, efforts, both inward and outward, must play a great role”. Making yourself happy at all times is one great way to boost your emotional intelligence.

  #5 Learn to Appreciate Others
While engaging in different activities to improve your emotional intelligence, it’s imperative to know that one vital way to achieve this is also by helping others’ emotions as well. The words “thank you” are two of the most powerful words that when rightly expressed leave in the hearts of the recipients an indelible impression and a high sense of a positive feelings. Making appreciation a habit will help you improve others’ emotions in a great way.

  #4 Always Express your Emotions

The best way to manage your emotions is when you know how to express them. Never keep your thoughts and feelings to yourself, find an appropriate platform to share them, and don’t be afraid of making mistakes or about what people will think about you. It is just important that you express your emotions in a polite and cultured way to avoid misconception. In expressing your thoughts or beliefs, ensure to get rid of timidity or pride.

#3 Be Friendly and Helpful
In being friendly and sociable, you will discover several things from people which will help you widen your horizon, correct certain errors and improve your behavior. Also, being socially responsible is one of the great levels of emotional experience; it signifies that you care about the wellbeing of others. One great way to demonstrate social responsibility is by extending a helping hand to people or donating money to the charity.

#2- Translate Trials to Challenges
The ability to tackle challenges effortlessly is a sign of emotional doggedness. The ability to accomplish a task, especially rigorous ones imparts a high sense of satisfaction to you. It is important that you must never let goals, task or target set for you by the issues of life weigh you down and cause a psychological trauma for you. Improve your emotions with boldness, diligence and also with eyeballing difficult task.

#1 Develop your Passion
Working in an office or enrolling in a course that has your passion brings out the best in you. Often times, people end up in a work that they are not excited about though consoled by the pay pack. Well, in this situation, there will always be inadequacies and shortcoming. Discovering your inner passions and fulfilling it is an exceptional way to improve your emotional intelligence.

In improving your emotions, the focus should be on developing your behavior, skills, and building an excellent attitude, to achieve this effectively will require a feedback from people on your performances. Therefore, with feedback in addition to these seven ways provided for your emotional intelligence development, then you are sure to stand out in whatever situation you find yourself.

 

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Emotional Intelligence in the Work Envirnoment

The first cognitive intelligence test was performed by Alfred Binet in France in the year 1905. The Stanford University standardized it for the American population and named it the Stanford Binet test. Emotional intelligence is the process by which we relate to ourselves and connect with others and the environment. An E.Q person also possesses the ability to conquer fear through emotional processing. Ones capability of success in life could be measured by his level of emotional intelligence.

Being successful academically doesn’t guarantee your success in life when it comes to work, family and home. Studies were carried out on both the higher achieving student in school and, the average student. Following them through the three levels of education and into the race called life. When all aspects of life were considered, the average student seemed to be the most successful. Generally having a happier life and the better job. This goes to show you that you need more than a high IQ or cognitive intelligence to be successful in life as another factor that guarantees success is emotional intelligence in the work place.

When you have a high level of emotional intelligence, you will be able to deal with peoples behaviors with ease. Be it an angry customer at your work place or a colleague. In a situation where you have an unpredictable staff at work, the working environment is tensed and every other staff is affected because the next minute someone could be losing his temper. Maybe, a boss or even a customer. This is not a productive or healthy way to work. Emotional intelligence in the work place will enable you improve the behavior of a fellow staff or customer and help you tackle the situation efficiently.

The bestselling book by Daniel Goleham, Emotional intelligence: explains why emotional intelligence matters more than I.Q. He defines E.I as ‘the capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves, for managing emotions well in ourselves and in our relationships.’ When you have emotional intelligence in the work place, you will be able to manage a team of staff in your work place and, the company in general. The fact is, a person who has emotional intelligence is able to manage the emotions of individuals and, with that you get good results. You can make your staff work more diligently and ensure they are happier and more comfortable in the work environment. Diligent and happy staff brings success. People who have emotional intelligence have various characteristic which are:

People skill
A company can introduce emotional intelligence into its team at any point in time starting from a new employee. Emotionally intelligent people are able to relate and build trust with others on their teams. They don’t back stab or have power struggles. They enjoy the company of others and have respect for people around them.

 Empathy:
Someone that has empathy is also compassionate and understands human nature. This makes it possible for him to connect with others emotionally. And if the individual is having a problem with emotional processing, an EQ person can help the individual conquer it. Being able to empathize makes it possible to render good service and see to others concerns genuinely.

 Motivation:
People who are emotionally intelligent are usually self-motivated. A promotion or money is not likely to motivate them. They handle disappointment with ease, have a high level of self control and, are driven by an ambition from within.

Self-regulation:
Someone with a high EQ expresses her feelings in a mature and controlled way, knows what words and gestures to use in other to get through to the next person in a way that he/she can understand and not pick offence.

Self-awareness:
People with high E.Q are very self aware. When an individual has a good sense of self awareness he knows his weaknesses and strengths and is aware of how his behavior affects others. When a person is self aware, he knows how to respond to, learn from and, handle it when he gets criticized constructively. Running a company is not an easy task. There are always so many decisions to be made and factors to consider. Investing in emotional intelligence in the work place will bring staffs that are capable of taking your company to the next level through these characteristics mentioned above. They also are capable of helping others do emotional processing in their lives. Employing staff not just based on their IQ but also their EQ will guarantee your company more diligent and committed staff.

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TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

More behavioural and brain based studies are showing Emotional Intelligence (EQ) could be more important to the IQ ensuring the success of your relationships, career, and general happiness. EQ is about:

  • Understanding yourself (self awareness)
  • Controlling your emotions (self regulation)
  • Your self motivation
  • How best you understand people around you (empathy)
  • Coping with other’s emotions (social skills)

At a point in our lives, we may struggle, with our relationship and ourselves so here are some few tips to help you work on your very own emotional processing.

  1. Be In Acceptance With Your Feelings

Come to the realization that you are giving it all your the best at that particular time. Avoid giving yourself a hard time regarding your feelings, there are ways you can change how you feel if they are negative.

  1. Take Heed To The Message

Your emotions are there to help you, ask yourself what your emotion is trying to tell you.

Be responsible for these feelings. You can hence divert your attitude from why you are feeling that way, to what you have to do to change the way you feel?

  1. Relax!

Give yourself time to relax each day. Find somewhere quiet and comfortable (this could even be in your car!), and close your eyes. Just start by noticing your breathing. You may want to start to slow your breathing, one way of doing this is breathing in through your nose for the count of 7 and out through your mouth for the count of 11. And just let your thoughts wander.

  1. Be Positive And Deal With Negative Self Talk

You don’t have to believe every thought that comes into your own mind! Always be positive despite of any negative situation.

  1. Always Opt for What You Desire!

It is not easy to be motivated towards goals that another person has chosen for you. Today’s neuroscience clearly indicates to us that simply by fixing your mind on what you truly want enables it to happen. So ask yourself what do you really value in life, what do you want more of, where do you want to live, what are you passionate about? what sort of person do you want to be?

  1. Pay Attention To Peoples ‘Non Verbal’ Cues

Paying more conscious attention to nonverbal cues that people put across can help you improve this skill. A few interesting ones to get you started include:

Notice how quickly someone is breathing

Which way are their feet pointing! (at you, or at the door!?)

  1. Take Note of How You Respond Emotionally

We can acquire “someone’s feelings.” Pay attention to this particular feeling, what is it telling you about them, or how they are feeling?

  1. Allow Other People To Have Their Own Emotions

Moving on from point 1. -0ther people have a right to feel however they do. Avoid judging or trying to avert their emotions. Realizing that each person is giving their best at whatever they are doing at a particular time helps you to create good relationships.

  1. Create ‘rapport’

This means being on the same ‘wave length’ as someone. And you can help this process along by getting in sync with the person. The simple way of doing this is thinking ‘this person has motor driving them, what speed is it running at?’. Match the speed with your talking and body movements. At a very subconscious level this allows the other person to relax as they recognise that you ‘get them’!

These are just a few of the things you can do to work on the different aspects of emotional intelligence processing. Pick one point a day and just take a few moments to remember and notice it- it can be good fun, and very effective too!