Want the Best Way to Boost your Emotional Intelligence? Practice Mindfulness.

“What really matters for success, character, happiness and life long achievements is a definite set of emotional skills – your EQ — not just purely cognitive abilities that are measured by conventional IQ tests,” claimed Daniel Goleman, creator of the concept of emotional intelligence.

Since Goldman made his claim over twenty years ago, the world has validated and embraced the concept of emotional intelligence. Countless consultants and programs have sprung up to offer organizations and individuals training in emotional intelligence. After all, who wouldn’t want to be more successful and happier?

While millions of businesspeople have tried various methods to achieve greater emotional intelligence, there’s one superior to the rest: practicing mindfulness. In the introduction to Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan, Goleman himself explains “that knowing yourself lies at the core of emotional intelligence, and the best mental app for this can be found in the mind training method called mindfulness.”

Researchers have linked practicing mindfulness with the awareness of self and the ability to regulate one’s own emotions, both of which are foundational to cultivating emotional intelligence. Even better, practicing mindfulness has been shown to enhance social skills, another key to emotional intelligence.

As if that weren’t enough, practicing mindfulness offers a host of additional advantages beyond emotional intelligence such as improved sleep and stress reduction.

Given the benefits that practicing mindfulness presents, why not try it yourself for a few weeks? (Instructions are at the bottom of this link.)