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Emotionally Healthy

Emotionally Healthy

Emotions can help us handle complex issues, and are an essential part of rational thinking; they are helping us envision future scenarios and this is called pragmatic prospection.

An 'emotionally healthy' mindset can be developed by the self-transcendent emotions like empathy, gratitude and wonder, which are focused on others.

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MORE IDEAS FROM Why we need to be more emotional to save the world

We usually adopt cold and technical solutions to the problems being faced by the world, with little regard to 'unstable' feelings like passion and emotion. As a species, we have always suppressed our emotions (the heart) seeing them as a roadblock and worked with dispassionate calculations (our mind).

By discarding our feelings, we may have neglected an integral part of our moral, social and personal well-being, which may be extremely vital to the complex issues faced today.

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The world's problems like global warming, air and plastic pollution, and terrorism cannot be solved without empathy. A lack of empathy makes us focus on short-term goals, and our greed, ignoring the larger, more difficult problems that need to be tackled

Even if someone does have empathy, it is limited to one's inner circle, and not towards humanity in general. Our empathy needs to be towards the entire planet and its inhabitants. The current age should harness humanity's emotional side if our future generations want to remember us as 'good' ancestors.

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The 4 core skills of emotional intelligene

Personal competence:

  • Self-Awareness: perceive your emotions and stay aware of them as they happen.
  • Self-Management: use awareness of your emotions to stay flexible and positively direct your behavior.

Social competence:

  • Social Awareness: pick up on emotions in other people and understand what is really going on.
  • Relationship Management: use awareness of your emotions and the others’ emotions to manage interactions successfully.

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The Anxiety We Feel While Waiting For Something

Mindfulness and meditation are effective strategies to still and center our thoughts and emotions but they do not seem to help much during a wait.

We feel anxious during the wait because that time is imposed on us, with us being unable to control anything. Waiting is also used by people to remind others about their power. That is why the ‘needy’ person in a relationship or even at the interview venue is kept waiting.

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Organizational noise and decision making

Organizational noise comes in endless streams of information and communication. At the individual level, there is internal noise, which manifests from our biases, fears, and competing priorities.

Take daily breaks from the noise by engaging in meditation, exercise, and play.

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