Emotional intelligence is the ability to accurately identify your own emotions, as well as the emotions of others, then utilise these emotions and apply them to tasks and problem-solving in all areas of life. No amount of academic intelligence will make up for a lack of emotional intelligence,

People with high EI aren’t afraid of change. They understand that it’s a necessary part of life, and they adapt. They know what they’re good at and what they still have to learn. Weaknesses don’t hold them back. They know what environments are optimal for their work style, and being able to relate to others makes them essential in the workplace.

They’re also not perfectionists. While extremely motivated, people with EI know that perfection is impossible. They roll with the punches and learn from mistakes, and get through difficult times drama free.

Their self-awareness means that they naturally know the importance of and how to maintain a healthy professional-personal balance in their lives. They eat well, get plenty of sleep and have interests outside of their work. An inborn sense of wonder and curiosity also makes them enjoyable to be around. They don’t judge; they explore the possibilities. They ask questions and are open to new solutions.

Most importantly, people with high EI know that every day brings something to be thankful for. They don’t see the world as ‘glass half-empty’ as many people do. They feel good about their lives and don’t let critics or toxic people affect that; so in effect, emotionally intelligent people the world a better place. So are you one of them?