By our time in life we all know that the key to happiness is not wealth or career success. While these two things are important, they do not necessarily make us feel happy for long periods of time.
One thing that experts are studying now is emotional intelligence.
We all understand that some children are better at Math, others Languages, Art and Music. However, did you know that these are indications of the different types of intelligence?
What is Emotional Intelligence?
According to Carolyn Gregoire in her Huffington Post article –
The five components of emotional intelligence, … are self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, social skills and empathy.
Emotional Intelligence involves how we manage our emotions. Obviously this is difficult in young children, however, as your grandchildren mature their emotional intelligence can have a big impact on their happiness.
What signs should you look for when determining Emotional Intelligence?
Emotional Intelligence refers to someone’s ability to care for others. In particular, you may be curious about other people including strangers, but in a nosey way. Emotionally intelligent people care for people they don’t know and are genuinely interested in learning about others.
People who make great leaders have a high emotional intelligence.
Being clearly aware of your strengths and weaknesses is another sign, as is, paying attention fully in a way mindfulness teaches.
Other aspects of emotional intelligent people include being resilient and being able to read others’ facial expressions.
Raising an emotional intelligent child is a long term goal. However, the end result will be a child who is confident, calm and successful in many other fields.
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