People with well-developed emotional skills are also more likely to be content and effective in their lives.
One widespread misconception about emotional wellness is the idea that our emotions are largely dictated by our circumstances.
In reality, this is simply untrue!
While we’re naturally impacted by the world around us, much of our experience is shaped by factors within our control.
And by building our emotional intelligence skills, we have the freedom to use this control for our own good, and the good of those around us.
In honor of Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month and World Mental Health Day, we’re sharing this emotional intelligence guide to help you foster your own mental health– today, this month, and beyond:
1. Start by separating myth from fact
Ah, emotions. So universal. And yet… so personal. Vitally important. And yet shrouded in myth and misunderstanding. In the name of emotional wellness, it’s important to get some clarity on how emotions actually function in our daily lives. Start by taking a closer look at some common myths about emotions… and the truth you can trust instead.
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2. Next, sharpen your emotional intelligence
We’re way past the belief that emotions equal weakness. But does that mean they actually equal strength…? Far more than that, say psychology researcher Daniel Goleman and colleagues. In fact, emotions are so important, they comprise their very own type of intelligence! Ready to learn more? Take some time to explore the 5 components of emotional intelligence, and start sharpening yours today!
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3. Finally, help spread the word
By now, you’ve covered a lot of territory in your understanding of emotions: You’ve separated fact from myth. Learned what makes us emotionally intelligent. And along the way, you’ve witnessed the importance of doing small things each day to support your emotional wellness. Because, often, the small things can make a big impact. One great place to start practicing this? The words you use to describe what you’re feeling.
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