What exactly is EQ?
EQ is the ability to recognize and manage ones emotions as well as recognizing and being sensitive to the emotions of others.
Tapping into our emotions while being aware of others’ makes us better able to manage stress, reduce bullying, reduce workplace conflicts, and improve communication.
Having a high EQ enhances our personal and professional lives and the lives of others.
➤People with high EQ are better able to express themselves.
➤They’re clear on their passions,
➤Set reasonable goals and pursue them while balancing personal and professional commitments.
Consequently, they tend to experience less stress, more and deeper connections with people, and tend to be more optimistic.
Tips to Improve Your EQ
- Recognize and understand your feelings, thoughts, behavior and actions.
- Be open-minded: Narrow-mindedness is a sure sign of lower EQ. Being open minded doesn’t mean taking both sides in an argument or being indecisive. It’s a willingness to consider new ideas without prejudgment.
- Look for patterns: learn from mistakes and choose to change unhelpful behaviors to achieve desirable results.
- Increase empathy: Learning how to stand in someone else’s shoes allows you to get a sense of how someone else thinks and feels. When you understand others, it helps you recognize and respect their feelings and behaviors.
- Read body language: Studies suggest that 20% of communication is verbal and 80% is body language and tone. Facial expressions, body position, head position, and eye contact are all clues as to what a person is really thinking and feeling.
There is some debate as to whether IQ is fixed or not, but most experts agree that our EQ can be developed and improved upon.
Researchers found that EQ improves with age, whether we work on it or not. That’s good news for those eager to tap into this hidden superpower.