Gut Feeling or Digestion? The Benefits of Emotional Intelligence

One important life skill that I teach when working with my clients is Emotional Intelligence. Learning Emotional Intelligence skills can help you be more aware of your true self expression and purpose. Being more aware of, and being able to feel your emotions, helps you gain greater clarity on what it is you want in life. Our emotions, are like our GPS, they tell us when we are on course, or when we are off, with our purpose in life.

Here are few ways that learning emotional intelligence skills can help:

1. Reduce Aggressive Behavior  – People who are better able to pinpoint their emotions and feelings, do not act as aggressive as people who cannot. Road rage is a big sign of person who  is not aligned with their emotions. Blame is another factor. People who blame others for their difficulties often time have a hard time expressing and asking for what they truly want. People with developed Emotional Intelligence are also more likely to stand up for themselves and others.

2. Create Stronger Relationships – When you can understand your own feelings better, you can also understand other people’s feelings better. This can help to build stronger relationships with others. A stronger sense of empathy, leads to less stress and releases the sense of isolation and loneliness. 

3. Increase Attention Span – When you can keep your emotions in check, your attention span is increased because you’re not sidetracked by emotional noise in your head. You can learn better, do more because you feel better and as a consequence sleep better. And who couldn't use more sleep.

4. Control Emotions Better – When you cannot identify your emotions, you can start to feel like life is out of control or overwhelm, as you try to navigate what it is going on inside you. Emotional intelligence skills helps you to understand and utilize your emotions better, allowing you to discover your truth and then with clarity focus in on what it is you really want. One of our biggest problems we face, is not really knowing what it is we want.

5. Enhance Memory – Often times a psychologist will check the memory of their patients by asking them to remember three specific things from their past. When there is too much emotional turmoil or trauma, most patients can’t remember big block of their past and fail this exercise. When you have learned emotional intelligence skills you are more likely to have a better memory recall. You will have a clearer sense of living in the moment, rather than wasting precious moments worrying about the future or regrets of the past.

6. Reduce Emotional Eating – People, who avoid their feelings and emotions tend to eat more salt, sugar and fat to self-medicate by releasing the feel good endorphin in their brain. People who have higher Emotional Intelligence and are able to identify their emotions tend not to over eat or eat for emotional reasons. This obviously has far-reaching positive health consequences. Many people in America are suffering from obesity due to suppression of emotions and their eating habits associated with denying their emotions.

7. Better Self-Esteem – People who can not only recognize their own emotions but can also name other people’s emotions with improved empathy tend to feel better about themselves. When we tune into the gift of our emotions we are able to have more compassion and understanding of our human experience. This enables us to move away from judgment and feel good about ourselves and others.

Learning how to increase your emotional intelligence is an important part of life skills. The benefits both physically and mentally are enormous. By acknowledging our emotions, happy, sad and everything in between, we gain clarity of self and are able to acknowledge our full potential.

If you would like help in developing you Emotional Inteleegence skills please feel free to reach out and set up a consultation at Anthropy Awareness, Click Here.

What Is Emotional Intelligence?

Wikipedia describes emotional intelligence (EI) as “the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.” Today it is thought to be an essential component to both personal and professional success - even more important than typical intelligence such as IQ. 

People who have high emotional intelligence:

* Are positively focused
* Choose to be with positive people
* Set healthy boundaries
* Can be assertive as needed
* Do not focus on the past
* Know how to enjoy life
* Tend to be interested and interesting
* Describe themselves as happy
* Demonstrate a high degree of empathy
* Know when to say yes or no

Emotional intelligence is an important thing to learn if you lack in this area. Thankfully, unlike IQ, you can raise your EI easily with practice and focus. If you want more information, you can take a free EI test here: 

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