Monday, June 8, 2015

Sleepy Heads: Todays Kudos & Encouragement (Mon 6-8-15)



Good Morning Sleepy Heads,
Oh wait, maybe that’s just me? Sorry for the bail out on Saturday AM, life took me a different direction and I didn’t make the time for these K&E’s.

In the spirit of our ongoing look into the similarities of people who score high on an Emotional intelligence test, here are a couple more points to consider. When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70% of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into the broadly held assumption that IQ was the sole source of success.

You Limit Your Caffeine Intake
Drinking excessive amounts of caffeine triggers the release of adrenaline, and adrenaline is the source of the fight-or-flight response. The fight-or-flight mechanism sidesteps rational thinking in favor of a faster response to ensure survival. This is great when a bear is chasing us, and here in Colorado that could happen,  but not so great when we’re responding to a curt e-mail. When caffeine puts our brain and body into this hyper-aroused state of stress, our emotions overrun our behavior. Caffeine’s long half-life ensures we stay this way as it takes its sweet time working its way out of our body. High-EQ individuals know that caffeine is trouble, and they don’t let it get the better of them.

You Get Enough Sleep
It’s difficult to overstate the importance of sleep to increasing our emotional intelligence and managing our stress levels. When we sleep, our brain literally recharges, shuffling through the day’s memories and storing or discarding them (which causes dreams) so that we wake up alert and clearheaded. High-EQ individuals know that their self-control, attention, and memory are all reduced when they don’t get enough—or the right kind—of sleep. So, they make sleep a top priority.

We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we've established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile. -Earl Nightingale

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