Do you want to improve your chances of success in your professional life and with your relationships? If so, boosting your emotional intelligence is the best place to start.
According to a study by Talent Smart, emotional intelligence is the biggest predictor of workplace success.
In the 1990s, psychologists Peter Salovey and John Mayer proposed that people with strong emotional intelligence abilities understood their emotions accurately and used the information to guide their decision making.
These people with a higher EQ also possessed an above-average ability to read other people’s emotions and influence them.
Unlike your IQ, which remains the same throughout your life, your EQ involves a more flexible set of skills that can be learned and improved with practice.
There are dozens of books on emotional intelligence (EQ) that provide methods for improving your skills in this arena.
By applying the advice of experts, you can improve your self-awareness, better manage your emotions, and improve your social skills.
I don’t know about you, but I love going on road trips and listening to audiobooks.
A road trip feels like a true adventure — much more so than air travel, which involves so many tiresome steps before you even set foot on the plane.
There’s something about having the car packed, getting up early, and heading out on the open road that makes me feel giddy with excitement, just like I felt when I was a kid.
Behind the wheel, you’re in control of your destiny (and destination) in a way you can’t enjoy with other forms of travel.
A road trip is a great bonding experience for you and your significant other or family members.
You have time for deep talks, lots of laughter, and shared discovery.
For me, the smaller, off-the-beaten-path highways are preferable (rather than the interstate) even if it takes a bit longer. I’m drawn to the changing landscapes, the small towns, the farms, and quaint roadside stores.
Sometimes, though, there’s no escaping the interstate or long stretches on a lonely highway. You’re forced to take a route that offers little variety in scenery and nothing much to look at.
This is the time when you’ll be grateful you brought along an audiobook or two.
I love reading books on road trips, but reading a book is a solitary experience. You can’t share it with your fellow travelers. If you’re the driver, or if reading makes you car sick, audiobooks can make those long stretches of highway much more interesting.
Do you have a road trip planned for this year?
Why not take along some great audiobooks for your next excursion?
With over 90 million Americans living with some type of mental health disorder, and many more dealing with chronic stress, the idea of hiring a therapist for your mental health is no longer the taboo it once was.
While some argue that mental health issues still have a stigma associated with them, others have embraced the truth that mental health disorders are common, and we all need to tend to our mental health as much as we do our physical health.
But due to our busy schedules and the possible pinch of shame, many of us don’t seek the treatment from a therapist that we need.
And, if you do look for treatment, you are likely to face barriers ranging from the exorbitant cost (even if you are able to get in with a therapist who works on a sliding fee scale) to the possibility that the therapist you see isn’t the right match for your needs.
If you are having trouble getting mental health help for whatever reason, using online counseling services is a convenient alternative to going into a therapist’s office.