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How Emotional Intelligence Can Help You Make Better Choices

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We’ve all been there before. A colleague says something that rubs us the wrong way and, before we know it, we’re in a full-blown argument. Or we’re at home, trying to relax after a long day at work, when our partner says something that sets us off. In both cases, we may not have said or done what we wanted to; we simply reacted, driven by our emotions. But what if we could respond in a more constructive way? That’s where emotional intelligence comes in.
Emotional intelligence is the ability to be aware and understand our own emotions and the emotions of others. It allows us to quickly evaluate a given situation and respond in a more constructive way. With emotional intelligence, we can avoid reacting impulsively and instead take a step back to consider the situation and our options. We can then choose the best course of action, rather than simply responding based on our emotions.
The Benefits of Emotional Intelligence

While emotional intelligence won’t magically make all of our problems disappear, it can help us deal with them in a more constructive way. With emotional intelligence, we can:

  • More easily manage our own emotions;
  • Understand and empathise with others;
  • Communicate more effectively;
  • Make better decisions;
  • Handle relationships—both personal and professional—more effectively.

 

In short, emotional intelligence can help us lead happier, healthier lives. And that’s not just our opinion; there’s science to back it up. Studies have shown that people with high emotional intelligence are more successful in their careers and relationships than those who lack it. They’re also better able to cope with stress and handle difficult situations. So, if you’re looking for a way to improve your life, developing your emotional intelligence is a good place to start.

How to Develop Emotional Intelligence

If you’re interested in developing your emotional intelligence, there are a few things you can do:

  • Be mindful of your emotions.
  • Pay attention to how you’re feeling throughout the day and why you’re feeling that way. This will help you better understand your emotions and how they affect your behaviour.
  • Practice empathy. Put yourself in other people’s shoes and try to see things from their perspective. This will help you better understand where they’re coming from and why they act the way they do.
  • Communicate effectively. When communicating with others, be clear about what you’re trying to say and listen carefully to what they’re saying. This will help prevent miscommunications and misunderstandings.
  • Make thoughtful decisions. When making decisions, consider how your choices will affect not only yourself but also those around you. This will help you make decisions that are in everyone’s best interest—not just yours.

 

In conclusion, Emotional intelligence is a valuable skill that can help us lead happier, healthier lives—both personally and professionally. If you’re interested in developing your emotional intelligence, start by being mindful of your emotions, practicing empathy, communicating effectively, and making thoughtful decisions.  ted Learning has a range of solutions available to help people have better understanding of themselves and others they work and interact with.

Justin Smith Essex - ted Learning Theatre of Learning drama based training
Justin Smith-Essex

Justin is the Group MD of Squaricle Group & one of the co-founders & Managing Director of ted Learning.