Emotionally Intelligent People Live by These 5 Simple Rules

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I’ve been studying emotional intelligence, the ability to understand and manage emotions, for several years. In doing so, I learned some important lessons.

One of the most important lessons is this: Despite years of research and study, it’s easy to keep making the same mistakes, over and over.

That is, unless you find a way to break the habit of making permanent decisions based on temporary emotions.

And the best way to do that?

The rules of emotional intelligence, that is. These aren’t hard and fast rules; they’re more like principles or guidelines. You can use these principles at work and at home to help keep you from getting into situations you don’t want to be in. And when you’re in complex, sticky situations, these rules can help you find a way out.

Take the following five rules, for example. Use them to guide your behavior, and you’ll find that you’re able to better understand and manage your emotions, and even the emotions of others.

(If you find value in these ten rules, you…

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This article was written by Justin Bariso and originally published on www.inc.com