Emotional intelligence is becoming more recognized for its contributions to life, relationships and happiness. Yet, most people are not aware of what emotional intelligence is or how to obtain it. Emotional intelligence is the ability to communicate effectively, respond empathetically, manage your own emotions, and diffuse conflict. There are typically five components that are associated with emotional intelligence that, when mastered, can relieve stress, improve communication and relationships and reduce potential conflict. The components include social skills, self-regulation, self-awareness, motivation and empathy.
Some ways to become more emotionally intelligent can be actively listening to others, practicing positivity, being approachable, responding calmly to conflict and being aware of your own and others' feelings. B having effective social skills it is easier to connect with others, empathize with them and work collaboratively. While being able to reflect on our own emotions, thoughts and behaviours can bring a better understanding of ourselves and how to improve aspects of our life we are not happy with. These small steps can make working with and being around others easier while also promoting a more positive environment for yourself and those around you.