“What really matters for success, character, happiness and lifelong achievements is a definite set of emotional skills – your EQ – not just purely cognitive abilities that are measured by conventional IQ tests.”
– Daniel Goleman
When people think of intelligence, they normally think of academia, but this isn’t the only kind. There are many more accepted intelligence types – musical, linguistic, personal, existential, natural, emotional, and many more. Everyone out there possesses at least one of these.
Emotional intelligence is arguably one of the most important traits for personal happiness. Many people have this ability and aren’t even aware of it, and you could be one of them. If you think that you are, here are 6 amazing traits you have because you’re emotionally intelligent.
1. You Question Everything
If you’re emotionally intelligent, you won’t just take everything at face value. Other people can lie or spread misinformation and you know that. When you hear something, you research it thoroughly before you believe it. In everyday life, you take everything that people say to you with a pinch of salt.
2. You Aren’t Afraid to Apologize
When you’re wrong, you accept it. You take responsibility for yourself and understand the consequences of your actions. Unlike some people, you won’t make excuses or try to shift the blame onto someone else. If you’re really in the wrong, you will say that you’re sorry to whoever you’ve hurt.
3. You Let Go of the Past
The past is a great way to learn. It teaches us important lessons on how to better ourselves and grow as people. You know that well, but you also know that you can’t dwell on the past. Instead, you learn from it and move on and focus on improving your present and future.
4. You Know When to Ask for Help
Things in life can get really tough. Sometimes, terrible things might happen, or you might find your mental health declining for no apparent reason. You don’t bottle up your feelings and try to fix it yourself when you know that you can’t. In times like this, you know when it’s time to ask someone for help, be it a friend, family member, or a professional.
5. You Pick Up on How Others Feel
Not everyone has the ability to tell how other people are feeling, but you do. Empathy is one of your strongest traits. When someone close to you is feeling down, you can immediately tell. Not only that, but you always do your best to try and support them and cheer them up again.
6. You’re Honest
Honesty is so important to you, both for you to give and receive it. You’re honest with everyone, sometimes brutally so. The people around you may sometimes perceive it as being rude, but that’s never your intention. You simply don’t see the point in lying to someone.
People who do any of these 6 things are more than likely highly emotionally intelligent. If you’re blessed with this intelligence type, then you’re probably a highly sensitive and caring person. Keep on doing what you’re doing, because you are truly doing the best that you can for yourself and for others.
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