What’s your emotional intelligence?
Emotional intelligence is the ability to read, understand and respond to emotions in ourselves and other people. It allows us to understand and label emotions, as well as express and regulate them. As a student, I am often more concerned about my academic intelligence, which prevents me from focusing on my emotional intelligence. It wasn’t until I came across an online quiz, where I began to learn about emotional intelligence. It’s important not only to succeed in academic work, but also to mature and develop personal relationships.
In today’s society, people are often more interested in the utility of others rather than their value as a human being. By treating humans like robots who don’t have feelings, we begin to lose touch. In order to prevent human interactions from being uncommon, we must work towards improving our emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence would allow us to see humans as individuals and create lasting relationships.
Here are some tips for improving your emotional intelligence:
- Help Others
By helping others, we are able to positively impact them. Gestures like opening doors for others, listening to others, etc. demonstrate the importance you place on others. Acts of kindness show your true intentions and encourage others to open up.
- Pause Before You Speak
One of the most important traits of someone who is emotionally intelligent is their ability to pause. Humans tend to speak before forming a complete thought in their head–this happens to me! It is important to pause before you speak, so you are able to actually process what has been said, instead of quickly replying. Pausing helps you refrain from making a permanent decision based on a temporary emotion.
- Show Empathy
By showing empathy, we are able to improve our emotional intelligence. By striving to see things through the perspective of others, we are better able to connect and communicate. A person with high levels of emotional intelligence is able to avoid judging others. Instead they have learned to feel for others.
- Apologize and Forgive
It is often difficult to apologize. It takes courage to be able to say you’re sorry and put yourself in a vulnerable position. By showing your humility, those around you will be more likely to trust and admire you.