Is Emotional Intelligence Always Positive?

We have read about, learned about, and applied emotional intelligence in a variety of ways since Daniel Goleman first popularized it in 1995.

Wikipedia defines emotional intelligence as: “the capability of individuals to recognize their own and other people’s emotions, discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior, and manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt to environments or achieve one’s goals.”

Regardless of the model (and there are several), when we think about emotional intelligence we see it as a positive combination of skills and characteristics.

But what if “the capability of individuals to recognize… other people’s emotions” can also have negative consequences?

Theresa Edwards, in an article titled: Empathy vs. Sympathy: What’s the Difference explains that “to empathize with someone is to assume their feelings upon yourself and allow yourself to feel what they feel.”

In the informal experiment I’m going to describe, you will see that empathy got in the way of the participants’ success.

In part one of the experiment, Luma Al Halah showed a brief video of a man who ends up sobbing. She then gave the participants a worksheet that had the numbers 1 through 20 placed randomly on the page. They were given one minute to find the numbers in order and complete the worksheet.

In part two of the experiment, Luma showed a brief video with a man who was hysterically funny. She gave the same assignment that she had given in part one. The participants had to complete a different worksheet with the numbers 1 through 20 placed randomly on the page. Again, they were given one minute to find the numbers in order.

Without a sense of empathy with the sobbing man, there would have been no difference in the success rates of the participants in both parts of the experiment.

However, there was a marked difference in the participants’ ability to complete the worksheets. After watching the sad video, the participants had a much harder time placing the numbers in order- so much so that many of them were unable to complete their worksheets in the time allowed.

After watching the funny video, the participants had a much easier time placing the numbers in order- and most of them were able to complete their worksheets in the time allowed.

The participants’ empathy for the sobbing man left them with sad feelings. The results of the experiment showed that we find tasks much harder to do when we are sad.

This does not mean that empathy is bad and should be avoided. This experiment simply illustrates that emotions, whether happy or sad, can definitely affect our performance (or situational intelligence).

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Why Laughter Is Good for Business

Does anyone over 45 remember “Benny Hill”? The other night, I was watching a re-run of the “Benny Hill” comedy show and found myself laughing and enjoying the antics and jokes. Afterwards, I felt completely rejuvenated and in good spirits. I felt compelled to take on any project with enthusiasm even though it was a Sunday.

There is no doubt that laughter is very good for us. When we laugh, our body releases endorphins that can reduce stress and enhance moods, but that’s only the beginning. Studies show that people who laugh a lot heal faster, feel better, and have fewer health issues such as lower inflammation in the body and blood pressure.

So, how does this all relate to being good for business? Think about it! When you feel good and have optimal wellness, your energy can sustain itself to be more productive and efficient. It also helps to align yourself to your passion and take massive action toward the results you desire. Finally, a good joke to a customer or prospect that makes them laugh lowers their guard, establishes a connection they like you, and can lead to more business with them. It gains one’s trust and helps build credibility over time for sustainable success.

Laughing at ourselves has a positive effect on us as well as those around us. When we laugh at our own mistakes, we lighten the load for everyone and give others the freedom to be themselves and make mistakes too. Sharing laughter nourishes our relationships, making us feel closer to and more comfortable with those we laugh with.

Laughter has the power to lift others up in times of difficulty which also includes business. It brings people together, reaffirms hope, and instills a feeling of community. This is extremely important because many people go through trials and tribulations in their personal lives and business. This can have a negative impact on production and efficiency in the workplace. Laughter helps to offset this and regain that same level if not more when it comes to production and being more efficient.

Laughter is even good for our appearance, as it helps relax our facial muscles. And any “laugh lines” that may come over the years give your face a friendlier and kinder appearance than scowling or frowning does. A warm welcome smile on glowing appearance on your face establishes an instant connection in business and lays the groundwork for credibility and being trustworthy.

I hope you’ll take advantage of laughter’s many benefits by sharing a joke and having a good laugh with business associates. But beware. Laughter is contagious. You could start an epidemic which is a good thing here. Simply put, laughter is good for business.

Christopher Salem is an life & business strategist, international keynote speaker, certified peak performance mindset trainer, radio show host, international best selling author. and wellness advocate partnering with business leaders, entrepreneurs, and sales professionals to have sustainable success at the next level by resolving the root cause to mindset barriers. Do you desire to double or triple your business while having fun serving your true purpose adding value to others?