Leadership

Squashing Stress With Emotional Intelligence

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Executive Summary

Emotional intelligence is not just about na?ve optimism or disguising negative emotions by forcing yourself to put on a happy face. Mikolajczak discovered that emotionally intelligent people actually feel less stress. Emotionally intelligent people have improved their ability to engage their emotions and rational thinking simultaneously. This results in a more contained, comfortable reaction to stressful circumstances. As your EQ increases, you actually feel less stress. Without consciously trying to control their reactions to stress, high EQ individuals show fewer physical signs of stress reactions, such as sweaty palms, elevated heart rate, and increased secretion of certain hormones and brain chemicals.

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