Dec 13th, 2017, 11:00 AM

How to Cultivate Your Emotional Intelligence

By Teresa Segovia
Image credit: Wiki Commons / The School Of Life
The School of Life teaches that which was not taught in school.

Do you consider yourself to be an intelligent person? Even though there are many ways a person can be intelligent, societies tend to focus on a person's professional success and above all "normalcy."  We seldom stop to think about the repercussions of our emotional intelligence or sometimes regrettably lack thereof.  Emotional intelligence is just as valuable as any other aspect of our minds, the way in which we relate to others predetermines the extent to which we can be happy and successful. We are not necessarily born with this set of skills; they can develop and be enhanced. The School of Life, created by philosopher Alain de Botton, teaches people how to deal with the emotional aspects of life. By taking a cultural, psychological, and philosophical approach to everyday scenarios, a deeper understanding of the inner workings of our minds can consequently bring a positive change to everyday life. 

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons/Fronteiras de Pensamento

The School of Life describes itself as, "dedicated to promoting emotional intelligence with the help of culture. We discuss topics such as how to find a job that will flourish, how to improve relationships, how to understand the past, how to stay calm, how to better understand, and to a certain extent, how to change the world." The extent to which we know ourselves and understand why we act the way we do can ultimately improve our communication with others, better our self-esteem and prompt us for success. 

The first step in all of this is getting to know yourself and just how emotionally healthy you are, How Emotionally Healthy Are You?  is part of the YouTube Channel dedicated to engaging discussion topics as well as a self-reflecting space. As you can see, figuring out who you is no picnic, but Self Knowledge by The School Of Life is dedicated to helping discover our elusive traits and understand our character. With a more precise sense of who we are, we can determine our priorities and potential.