Emotional intelligence is peeking beneath the surface of an emotion (even anger!) to understand the vulnerability and pain from which the emotion explodes. This Illuminate offers a concrete step for practicing compassion with others whose behaviors cause pain and hurt.
Take a moment to clarify your (emotional, professional, physical) destination + represent it in a fun way.
We know words hold power. Maybe this is why it can be so hard to say what really needs to be said. This week’s Illuminate will inspire you to say the vulnerable, challenging, and authentic words that you may be holding back.
This week, in the United States, is the holiday of Thanksgiving: a time when people get together, share what they’re thankful for, and eat a lot of turkey. I knew I wanted to focus this week’s Illuminate on gratitude, and one of the activities from this month’s POP-UP Festivals reminded me of one of my favorite activities: writing thank-you notes.
How often do we wear masks? Do we actually spend most (or all) of our lives wearing a protective costume so that we can hide who we really are? Learn about your unique masks in this simple + meaningful activity.
Want to deepen your relationships? You need to understand the difference of empathy vs. sympathy, and why empathy fuels connection.
“It’s useful to know it’s a choice worth making.” The results from an 80-year-long research study clearly identify what we should focus on for a long and fulfilled life.
It’s prickly, but it’s worth it. Learn more about your own limiting belief + tools for working through it, all thanks to the person who most annoys you. Take this moment to learn compassion- for yourself and for them.
You’ve told your kid “a million times” and frustration is rising. What if there was another way to see the situation? Here’s a 90-second tip for parents to use empathy to diffuse conflict and frustration.
To practice EQ means you are seeking opportunities to tune into emotion, making careful choices about how you are thinking, feeling, and acting, and doing that in a way that’s purposeful.
This Valentine’s Day, I am two-weeks post-surgery. No fancy dinners or moonlit walks on the beach for me. But don’t worry, I am still being extravagantly loved in the most emotionally intelligent way.
Be compassionate… not just to others, but starting with yourself.