Three components in happiness

Happiness is more than developing positive emotions. It also includes two other parts.

  • Having a clear and meaningful purpose.
  • Developing resilience enables us to deal with negative emotions when they appear.

Employers need to ensure workers can do engaging, meaningful and purpose-driven work to help achieve effectiveness and productivity.

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Happiness is misunderstood

Happiness is often misunderstood as the presence of positive emotions and the absence of negative ones.

  • It leads to work cultures that put pressure on people to show false positive emotions.
  • Associating being happy with being cheerful all the time creates another problem. Happiness can be classified as less serious and superficial, resulting in universities that avoid developing "happy" graduates.

EI consists of four domains: self-awareness, social-awareness, self-management, and relationship-management.

Two daily exercises can help create foundational habits for EI.

  • Brain rewiring. Stating five things you're grateful for can help with gratitude.
  • "My emotions today", where you articulate your feelings, can help with emotional awareness.

Meditation and developing SMART (Specific, Measurable, Ambitious, Relevant and Timely) goals, a mission statement and a personal vision statement can also help to strengthen your EI.

People bring three dimensions to the job market: Physical, cognitive and emotional. Machines can take over both the physical and cognitive dimension. It is only in the emotional domain where humans still reign.

With increasingly more automated jobs, humans can still add value around creativity, relationships and self-fulfilment.

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Self-awareness

To become self-aware, you must be capable of monitoring your own emotions, recognizing different emotional reactions, and then correctly identifying each particular emotion. Self-aware individuals also recognize the relationships between the things they feel and how they behave.

How to improve self-awareness:

  • Ask for constructive feedback
  • Keep a journal
  • Learn new skills
  • Meditate
  • Pay attention to your thoughts and emotions
  • Pursue your passions
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Reflect on your experiences
  • Set goals
  • Use positive self-talk
  • Work on building a growth mindset


5 Key Components of Emotional Intelligence

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What Emotional Fitness is

It's the idea that in order to lead healthy, happy emotional lives we need consistent habits and exercises that support our mental health and wellbeing.

Emotional Intelligence is Overrated. Aim for Emotional Fitness Instead.

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  • Working to inspire and motivate those around;
  • Focus on collaboration between team members, which creates synergy and a better experience for employees;
  • “Walking the talk,” or act with integrity and honesty with every team member;
  • Building trust: consistently acting with integrity and honesty;
  • Developing and supporting others, and celebrating their successes;
  • Building relationships, which communicates that each team member is valued.

Emotional Intelligence Is Key to Successful Leadership

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