Bringing Mindfulness-Based Emotional Intelligence to the Workplace

A 2008 study revealed that persons who practice mindfulness may have more external awareness at work; be more accepting of their work situation; have more modest realistic work goals; be more selfless; be less concerned with material acquisition and wealth; have a more internal locus of evaluation; be more likely to derive meaning in life from more sources than just work; be able to cope and remain calm in difficult work situations; be more likely to experience work difficulties as challenges rather than threats; enjoy their work more; be more adaptable at work; and have more positive interpersonal relations at work (Hunter & McCormick, 2008).

Mindful meditation practices is one way that has proven successful in workplace success.  

Other studies show that stress is one of the key factors that cause a decline in work performance.  The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) approach is a proven program, particularly for people who live with anxiety, helping people to arrest further development of symptoms.  According to (Stahl et al., 2014), states, the impact of what you say to others (and yourself) is huge.  Communication can make you feel either safe and at ease or deeply distressed and racked with anxiety.  There is a program with in MSBR that focuses specifically on mindful communication. 

Add to that, the component of Emotional Intelligence and you have a place where I would love to work.  Emotional Intelligence, as defined by Daniel Goleman and restated in this fashion is, being aware of your emotional self and its ability to adapt in an ever-changing complex society, (Duncan, 2018).

He states it like this, emotional intelligence refers to the capacity to identify, evaluate, and manage emotions in one's self as well as in other people.  A question on the table regarding this idea is whether or not this is something a person can be trained to do or is it a natural born trait.  I would say it's both.  If my awareness is intact, I can be trained to perfect it.  Goleman states that the key principles of emotional intelligence include:

                 * Self-awareness

                * Self-regulation

                * Motivation

                * Empathy

                *Social Skills

Lets talk more about this program. 

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