Christian Glitter by www.christianglitter.com
It is easy to go on an emotional binge and simply let loose your emotions in a flurry. And it is just as easy to bottle up the emotions and behave properly without making a hoot in public or in private. Either way it's not that healthy - for anybody in any kind of relationship whether in the workplace or at home - and puts us in a dysfunctional state.
- Self-awareness: Knowing how we feel in "real time", right at the moment and not what we should be feeling.
- Emotional literacy: Being able to label emotions precisely and being able to talk about feelings with others.
- Empathy and compassion: The ability to feel and understand the emotions of others.
- Balance: Being able to make decisions using a healthy balance of emotion and reason. This is a crucial component and needs to be always monitored and gauged.
- Responsibility: Taking primary responsibility for our own emotions and happiness. Not saying that others "made" us feel the way we feel.
And when we are done managing our EI, we could find positive results from ourselves and also those around us. When our emotional needs are satisfied we feel better, and when we feel better we are more productive and motivated to live our lives whether at home or work.
And if we are still unsure of our EI, go read Danial Goleman's Emotional Intelligence or just think heart!