We cannot separate our emotions from our decision-making process.

There is another type of intelligence that is unrelated to our rational side. Emotional intelligence is a fundamental tool we need to live healthily, this means we could have the capacity for emotional perception, expression, understanding, and management of our lives.  Our emotions are important because they give us all the information about how we are processing what we experience.

The knowledge of one’s emotions

Every day, we go through a vast range of emotions, and each one causes a different physical sensation in our bodies. Our emotions have a large role in many of our decisions, either directly or indirectly. It should be mentioned that it is not easy to manage the large number of emotions that we experience daily. However, emotional intelligence serves as a bridge to accomplish happiness in any aspect of our lives.

We all know the power and effect emotions have on our lives. Some emotions block us, others allow us to achieve our goals. The more we know about the emotions that happen in us and learn to use them consciously, the better our lives will be. Emotions are like the gasoline that starts our engine; they are neither good nor bad. The mind is in charge of interpreting them depending on our level of consciousness.

Emotional intelligence helps us to take advantage of our own emotional information and others, since emotion is the physical expression of our mind and, therefore, never lies. Emotions allow us to be aware of what we say and how we say it. A high level of emotional intelligence allows us to forge healthy and balanced relationships.

How can we develop emotional intelligence?

Self-knowledge: The self-knowledge allows us to recognize a feeling and an emotion when they are manifesting and how they influence us. It is very important to know how to recognize how our mood affects our behavior, our abilities, and our weak points. Most people still do not know this about themselves. Having a deep understanding of our emotions and what triggers them would help us positively react to them.

Manage our emotions: Being able to manage our own emotions is a skill founded on self-knowledge. It is not about hiding negative emotions like anger or fear but learning how to control them so they don’t take over us and so we can find balance.

Self motivation: People who know how to manage their emotions by focusing on goals and objectives are usually much more productive and creative. If we can motivate ourselves to achieve the goals that we know will benefit us, we can push aside the obstacles that are based on unjustified fear of what might happen.

The ability to recognize emotions in others: Empathy is the ability to put oneself in the shoes of others while not being in the shoes of another. A highly empathic person is often attuned to the subtle signals that people give out about their needs or wants. Detecting emotions and foreign feelings can help us establish closer and lasting bonds with those people close to us.

The art of relating: Having a good relationship with others is essential for our personal happiness and even for having a good job performance. Knowing how to treat and communicate with people, both close and those who do not vibrate at the same frequency, is a key to emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence brings a lot of benefits to our lives; it helps us direct our sensitivity towards a direction that benefits both our interests and those of the people around us. It positively influences our health as it allows us to regulate our own emotions to think and act better. And above all, it helps us to harmonize in all our relationships, filling them with trust since it is essential for our social lives.

We would be happier as a society if each of us were dedicated to developing our own emotional intelligence, which is synonymous with knowing, accepting, understanding, and living according to our capabilities and potential. Being intelligent is being yourself.

Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.

 

 

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