Here's How to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence to Improve Your Health

One of the more vastly underrated aspects of our health is by far our emotional intelligence. To be honest, I had never really put much thought into the importance of strengthening emotional intelligence, let alone even attempted to understand what exactly it is, but I have recently discovered not only just how important this aspect of our health is, but also how to work on improving it in order to improve life satisfaction and mental wellness overall.

This is because I recently came across a very informative article that was posted by Huffington Post Health that discusses not only why we should all focus on improving our emotional intelligence, but also how to accomplish this health goal successfully. Keep on reading to learn more about this important health habit.

Since having and feeling emotions is absolutely unavoidable, it is imperative that we learn how to process and evaluate them in a healthy manner, rather than try to ignore them or avoid them completely altogether. One of the most important things you can do for yourself in terms of improving your emotional intelligence is to recognize and understand that whatever emotions you are experiencing are simply a reaction to your environment and present circumstances, as opposed to being factually correct determinations of what is really happening. Recognize these emotions as a personal response, rather than a truthful and objective one, and you will be able to see the world from a healthier point of view. 

It is also important to get used to the notion that your personal emotions are not external, but internal. This means that it is best to avoid blaming someone or something else for why you are feeling what you are feeling. Take ownership of your emotional responses so that you can take responsibility and ownership over your life, as opposed to remaining a passive victim. 

One of the most interesting things that I learned from the article is that it is not the presence of fear or apprehension that signals a poor life choice, but rather, a feeling of apathy and indifference. If you have absolutely no emotions about a particular life choice or path you are about to embark on, you will more than likely want to second guess that choice. As scary as fear can be, it is actually a signal that you are stepping out of your comfort zone and growing and expanding in a healthy manner. Just be sure not to push yourself too hard, and you should be alright. 

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