Do you think you have high levels of emotional intelligence? People who are very emotionally intelligent tend to make better leaders and friends, and they are often generally better with people than others with low emotional intelligence.

Check out 4 ways you can become more emotionally intelligent.

1. Respond Instead Of Reacting

There is an important difference between responding and reacting. When you react, you emotionally respond without thinking to what the person you are talking to has said. This can mean you become irritated, you interrupt someone, or you could react incorrectly.

Instead, try to respond. When you respond, you make sure you are aware of how both people feel, and you make a conscious decision on how you want to react. This shows you are more aware of other people and their opinions and feelings, rather than just immediately emotionally reacting.

2. Listen More Than You Speak

If you talk more than you speak, the person you are talking to has no choice but to do most of the listening. A lot of the time, the nicest thing someone can do is just listen to what the other person is saying without interrupting them or tuning out. It makes the other person feel valued, rather than insignificant.

3. Apologize If You Are At Fault

If you need to apologize, it means you have already upset someone or let them down. Don’t worry too much about that – everyone makes mistakes. The most important thing now is to make sure you apologize properly to the person you have upset. They deserve a real apology, and they are more likely to trust, respect and like you for properly acknowledging their feelings.

4. Look At Life With Different Perspectives

When you put yourself in someone else’s shoes, it makes it easier for you to understand their feelings and opinions. Everyone’s feelings are equally as important as yours, and it is important to be sensitive to the needs of the people in your life.

What do you think of this list? Do you think you have low or high emotional intelligence? Comment what you think below!



What is the perfect gift for a writer? You probably already have all of the essentials; a notebook, unlimited pens and a laptop. However, there are many quirky gifts out there that make writing easier, more practical and lets face it – more fun.

Check out 5 awesome gifts for writers below.

1. Smart Sweatpants

smart sweatpants

Writers like to be comfortable while they write – that’s why so many of them work in their PJs. However, these awesome smart sweatpants mean you can be super comfy while still looking like a real, adult grown-up – perfect!

2. Writer’s Mug

Writers Mug

This mug is a quite tongue-in-cheek, but I think most of the writers I know would use it with pride. After all, it is pretty accurate, right?

3. AquaNotes


How awesome is this gift? AquaNotes gives you the opportunity to write down any random thoughts or ideas you have while you’re in the shower. I actually come up with a lot of my article ideas while I’m washing my hair, so I may have to treat myself to this one!

4. Writer’s Remedy

Writers Remedy

If you know a writer who has writer’s block, this thoughtful and funny little gift would be perfect for them. Filled with magnetic letters, this could help them get their creative juices flowing – and if not, it is sure to put a smile on their face!

5. Space Pen

Space Pen

This pen is pretty awesome; it can write at any angle, and works in zero gravity. While most writers are firmly seated on Earth, this pen means you can write in bed upside down. Super handy!

What did you guys think of these gifts? Would any be particularly useful to you? I am definitely going to invest in some AquaNotes!

I hope you all had a great weekend 🙂