All seasons bring storms. All lives suffer hurts and hurt creates personal storms . Emotional Intelligence means life’s storms wisely.
When you can say “Thank you” for all what has been given and what has been escaped, you are the master or mistress of gratitude. Here are three tips for mastering gratitude even when hit by violent storms.
Emotional Fitness Training Tip One: Look for the lesson. Life brings pain, pain is unavoidable. Think of pain, not as a punishment, but as an opportunity to learn.
Emotional Fitness Training Tip Two: Be grateful you have survived the storms. Proof you have survived? You are here now, able to read this.
Emotional Fitness Training Tip Three: Develop an attitude of gratitude. An attitude of gratitude when bad things happen involves practicing acceptance. Easily done when good is visiting you; more difficult when bad things are happening to you; not always possible in the midst of some storms. Marsha Linehan, psychological guru. She speaks and preaches radical acceptance as key for surviving violent storms.
Another useful resource is this Emotional Fitness Poster Coach which details some of the things we can be thankful for.
To use as a poster coach post get it free from the EFTIstore; download it, print it up and post it where you will see it often throughout the day. It reminds you of all you have to be grateful for and what matters most. Practicing gratitude daily strengthens its helpfulness in stormy weather.
For more instructions about how to practice any of the Twelve Easy Emotional Fitness Exercises visit this web page.
A WORD PRESS’ DAILY PROMPT INSPIRED THIS POST: In the Summertime by Krista — If it’s autumn or winter where you live, what are you most looking forward to doing next summer? If it’s spring or summer where you are, what has been the highlight of the season so far for you?
The highlight of spring for me is always renewal; of summer, Nature’s Bounty; of autumn, the Harvesting of all that is good; of winter, the longer nights with time to think more about what matters.
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LINKS OF INTEREST
These links are for those not familiar with Emotional Intelligence or the idea of Emotional Fitness.
- Emotional Intelligence (en.wikipedia.org)
- The five components of emotional Intelligence (www.sonoma.edu)
- About Emotional Fitness Training (emotionalfitnesstraining.com)
- An Emotional Fitness Program for Parents (amazon.com)