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Self-Reflection Is The Key To Happiness And Strengthening Emotional Intelligence

Building awareness in yourself opens doors to becoming a content version of yourself..

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As humans, we spend an infinite amount of time getting to know people, analyzing why they say certain things, and ponder their actions. We don't spend enough time getting to know ourselves. We are often swept up in the pressure to impress those around us and get lost without considering how other people are impacted by us too. Self-reflection has become a rare practice that fewer people invest time into.

You can start by taking 10 minutes to unplug and think about what it means to be a better version of yourself. Start by focusing on moving forward by building habits that make you proud, even when it's hard to admit fault or view situations in a different light. The majority of us don't take time to self-reflect on our actions and behaviors, but we should.

We each deserve happiness and peace. Growing through dirt and taking responsibility allows us to blossom and get one step closer to finding harmony.

Living a life that is stifled, bottled up, and repressed is like shaking a soda up and leaving it unopened, ready to explode the moment it's opened. There are ways to channel your emotions and contemplate in a healthy way that will allow you to grow stronger, especially by facing challenges or uncomfortable situations in a constructive manner. Tranquility can be achieved by taking control and owning your feelings in a positive way.

By reflecting on the type of person you want to be and striving to make the changes necessary to be a better person, you'll be more proud of the person you're becoming.

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Instead of looking at the way the world affects you, try imagining everything from multiple viewpoints in an attempt to see the bigger picture. This can be especially difficult because we don't want to see things from other perspectives when we can continue playing the blame game. It's the natural human instinct. We would instead like to continue our lives without being held responsible for the consequences of our words and actions because that is easier. Taking the time to consider your reactions and dialogue is just as vital as considering the way things impact you.

There's no book to tell us what will work for our personality type or how to handle the curve balls life continuously throws. We can only rely on ourselves to filter the difference between right and wrong, while simultaneously trying to be supportive of our loved ones and ourselves. No one can change you except yourself. You can't change others or make them want to change for the better, they have to want to do it themselves. We can hold ourselves accountable for the impact we have on others. And if that impact continues to be negative, perhaps it is time to do some damage control to benefit everyone involved.

It seems discouraging to admit flaws, but it's a valuable ability to be able to recognize character defects in yourself. Being able to analyze how you can improve yourself gives you the ability to reach heights that others will never be capable of. Having intimate dates to get to know yourself and strengthen your mental health is vital to peace of mind. Letting yourself have a moment of vulnerability when reflecting builds character and internal strength. It's also important to congratulate yourself when reflecting and celebrate small victories, like handling a situation without blowing up or getting frustrated!

Not only will you gain perspective on how you may appear to those around you, but you will also find great satisfaction in being true to yourself.

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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