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Today’s Solutions: July 19, 2024

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5 questions for assessing your own emotional intelligence

When it comes to working with others, Marcel Schwantes believes emotional intelligence (EQ) is everything. As leaders, when we are being impulsive, shortsighted, reacting with anger in the heat of the moment, or not making decisions in our "right minds," it is because we are sorely lacking EQ. Read More...

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5 ways to be a better listener in your relationship

In your relationship, you and your partner each come in with your own unique set of values, beliefs, and points of view. You both have an innate desire to be understood—to feel that you are being heard. Yet, as is often the case in the domain of emotions, you may not have been taught from Read More...

A young woman vents out her feelings while her good friend consoles her outdoors.

We all need to vent. Here’s how to do it constructively

Although the urge to let off steam when we’re stressed may be universal, it’s not always clear whether doing so actually helps our stress levels or feeds them instead. But, thanks to a series of three studies, we have some new insights on venting. The main takeaway? Venting may feel Read More...

The dog is hiding under the sofa and afraid to go out.

This study brings us one step closer to conquering fear

Humans experience many powerful emotions: love, anger, excitement, and fear. The question is why do fearful memories stay with us so strongly when others become increasingly difficult to remember? Collaborating teams of researchers from Tulane University and Tufts University have been Read More...

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3 reasons it’s completely okay to not want children

There is a commonplace portrayal of a happy and loving family on television and in most media. This is the typical nuclear family of a married couple with a few kids. Unfortunately, people who choose not to have children, especially women, can face judgment, the implication that they're selfish, or Read More...

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Scientists can now decode pigs' emotions

We can clearly see animals' emotions through their behavior, whether that’s dogs filling up with glee when we grab their leash or elephants mourning a loss in their herd, there is clearly some feeling going on here. While communication between animals and humans remains at a divide, we do Read More...

How to build stronger synergy

How to build stronger synergy between you and your partner

You always have a choice to empower your and your partner’s hearts to synergistic action, or not. And so does your partner. In moments when things are feeling out of sync, we can sometimes lose hope that we can ever find the trust and balance that we once shared.  When you realize you always Read More...

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Why slowing down can help your hustle

We’re a culture obsessed with productivity, but are working fast and working smart the same thing? You can hustle your life away in pursuit of making it, but successful leaders and entrepreneurs know that slowing down is required to build the foundation for success. Slowing down can be the Read More...

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These 3 techniques will help you regulate your emotions better

Managing your emotions isn’t the same as suppressing them. In fact, suppressing your emotions and the pain you might feel will only make emotional wounds worse over time. To gain control over your emotions, it’s important to acknowledge the presence of those emotions while recognizing that your Read More...

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Virtual reality may just revolutionize how neuroscientists study the brain

A team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany is using virtual reality to help us shed some light on one of the world’s greatest mysteries: emotions and our human brains. For years, researchers have struggled to figure out how Read More...