5 Neuroscience Benefits of Emotional Intelligence

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There are a million social reasons to encourage your children to develop their EQ. We already know that children with high EQ grow up to be great leaders and strong problem solvers. But what about the neuroscientific benefits of challenging and growing your EQ? Plenty of research over the past 30 years has established that there are real, scientifically-proven benefits to having highly-developed emotional intelligence. Here are just a few of them: #1: Better Aging To understand how emotional intelligence can have an effect on the aging process, you need to know how aging works at a basic DNA level. … Continued

5 Fun Games to Play with Your Kids to Boost Their EQ

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It’s no secret that emotional intelligence is a crucial skill set in childhood. Children who have developed emotional intelligence are better at solving social problems, nurturing relationships, and expressing themselves. Setting your child up to carry these skills into a successful adulthood is a huge part of childrearing and early education. Kids learn by doing, so practice these skills through hands-on experiences in the form of fun games. Here’s a look at 4 games that boost childhood EQ skills, including social awareness, self-management, active listening, and collaboration. Physical Games Physical games are easy to teach and easy to play, and … Continued

A Brief History of the Emotional Intelligence Theory

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In 1990, the world was introduced to the term “emotional intelligence” (aka EI or EQ) as a new means to understand human intellect when Peter Solovey and John D. Mayer posited the significance of EQ in their article titled “Emotional Intelligence.” Their work was groundbreaking in that it revealed that human intelligence was not simply guided by our cognition but also by our emotional responses and our social interactions.  The article led to a new understanding of how to define intelligence, and over time, the once tried and true IQ test was complemented with rigorous quantifying tests measuring the social … Continued

A Guide to the Five Components of Emotional Intelligence

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Emotional intelligence wasn’t always a known—or acknowledged—component of success until 1990 when psychologists John D. Mayer and Peter Salovey published their paper on what would later become a new way of defining intelligence. Not only did the paper introduce the term ‘emotional intelligence’ or EQ to the world, it also led to a new understanding of how our emotional make-up impacts our lives. But what is emotional intelligence really? How is it defined? The easiest way to explain the fundamentals of EQ is to understand the five components of emotional intelligence: self awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible … Continued

EQ Resources Your Kids Need to Improve Their Emotional Intelligence

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Educating a child means more than just encouraging their intellect. While a child’s intellect—and IQ—will aid them throughout their school years, their emotional intelligence—or EQ—aids them both in school and beyond, as it affects how they develop and maintain personal and social relationships. Those with high EQ excel throughout their lives—in school, at work and socially. How we handle emotions, get along with others and empathize with peers allows us to become relatable and well liked. But EQ isn’t about popularity, and boosting emotional intelligence has nothing to do with getting in with the right crowds or cliques. Those with … Continued

Afterschool Activities & Programs That Will Increase Your Child’s EQ

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A child’s emotional intelligence affects their success through school and beyond. While intellectual abilities are certainly important, ignoring emotional intelligence (EQ) will have negative ramifications in the child’s life. In schools, a lack of emotional intelligence can cause a variety of problems, from violence to increased risk of drug abuse and even suicide! And the need for emotional intelligence doesn’t end with graduation. Today’s employers want individuals who have more than education and experience. They want employees who will work well in a team and socially resonate with clients, co-workers and customers. While many college graduates have the knowledge and … Continued

What is Emotional Intelligence?

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According to many experts, having an enhanced capacity to understand one’s own emotions as well as those of others, is a pivotal determinant of success, even arguably more so than a high IQ. This skill is referred to as emotional intelligence (EQ). What is emotional intelligence? Emotional intelligence is an ability to tune in to your feelings, use logic to understand emotions, and then make the best decisions regarding how the emotions are influencing your behaviors. It also means understanding the emotions of others. Emotional intelligence can lead to many positive interactions and can help to improve social situations while … Continued