THE five minute EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE (EI) NEWSLETTER - by Johanna
Because of the masses of information we are subject to each day, I have
purposely kept this newsletter brief. However, if you remain a regular
subscriber, this is a good way to increase your emotional intelligence little by
little, day by day. Each issue will have an action step or exercise designed to
increase your EI. This is my gift to you. Enjoy.
Announcement - FREE Introductory Teleclass - The Top Ten Ways to
Honour Your Emotions - Monday, August 16, 2004, 8-8:55 PM
Do emotions get the better of you? Did you know that emotions that are
suppressed cause chronic illnesses? Do you feel like your emotions can be a
rollercoaster. Then take this class. It is an introduction to the positive
power and true meaning of emotion. You will take away some practical steps to
start you on the journey to making emotions work for you instead of against
A teleclass is a class conducted by phone. All participants dial a specific
phone number given to them and can all hear each other. A virtual classroom!
Are you interested? Then on Monday, August 16 at 8 PM EST phone
1-831-600-1000 and enter password
13883 when prompted. The only cost to you
is a long distance phone call.
Note: Stay tuned for a series of future interactive coaching classes
that will keep you focused on honouring your emotions and make them a
pleasant and manageable part of your everyday life.
ISSUE TWO, AUGUST, 2004
Some comments about the Prior Issue of this Newsletter
1. What's available in the world of EI?
2. Did you know? From the research
4. Action step for you
Some comments about the Prior Issue of this
On the launch of the Premier Issue of The five minute Emotional
Intelligence (EI) Newsletter most of you are aware that I had neglected to blind
carbon copy the newsletter. Please accept my sincere apologies for this
oversight. I will get it right this time. Secondly, I had published a quote as
follows: "As much as 80% of adult "success" comes from EQ (emotional quotient) -
Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ. 1995." I
had received extensive criticism about the truth of this quote from one person.
And, he sent this criticism out to everyone on my list! I had taken this quote
from a reputable website called www.6seconds.org
. I have read some of
the reasons why this is not supposed to be true. You, the reader, can judge for
yourself as you received all the information required since then to decided for
yourselves. Meanwhile, the general point that I am sure we can all agree on is
that Emotional Intelligence is just as important as IQ. The research bears out
this general statement. The percentage of 80% is definitely in question.
Now that we got that out of the way, here is the remainder of the
1. SELF-SCIENCE: The Emotional Intelligence
This is a curriculum that has been designed for Grades K-8 to provide
children with options of what to do in emotionally challenging situations
instead of our constant telling of what not to do. It helps children become more
aware of themselves and make more conscious decisions about the ways they think,
feel and act. Parents and teachers are increasingly concerned about emotional
intelligence competencies. This book has information on starting a class, giving
a lesson and other tools. Great for parents and teachers alike. I think this is
an exciting contribution and tool for our children. It will help them develop
foundational skills that will benefit themselves for all of their lives. It
could be implemented in any school (grass roots) or at the Board of Education
level. Go to www.6seconds.org
information on this wonderful resource.
2. Did you know? From the research
There is convincing evidence that psychological states do affect
health. Depression, grieving, pessimism all seem to worsen health in both the
short run and long term
Martin Seligman Learned Optimism, 1998, p. 181
In this world we are influenced by two sentiments, Joy and
Joy gives us wings! In times of joy our strength is more vital, our
intellect keener, and our understanding less clouded. We seem better able to
cope with the world and to find our sphere of usefulness. But when sadness
visits us we become weak, our strength leaves us, our comprehension is dim and
our intelligence veiled. The actualities of life seem to elude our
grasp, the eyes of our spirits fail to discover the sacred mysteries, and
we become even as dead beings.
There is no human being untouched by these two influences; but all the
sorrow and the grief that exist come from the world of matter -- the spiritual
world bestows only the joy!
Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 109
Honouring your emotions is the key to a sense of well-being and less health
problems such as headaches, digestive problems and illness. For me, it was the
end of thirty years of chronic depression. I can now teach teleclasses and other
programs on how to do this. It is a significant factor in the well-being of all
Today we will look at and implement the main way to honour your emotions.
It is (are you ready?): the suspension and elimination of destructive
self-judgment. The self-judgment is what keeps you feeling confined, restricted,
fearful, anxious, doubtful, tired and feeling bad about yourself. It is time to
change this. We are not meant to be this way. We are asked to have compassion,
understanding, kindness, respect and love for others by our culture and our
religion. However, we also need to have these qualities for ourselves. This is
the missing ingredient. You will feel better and better as you start to
incorporate this principle of honouring your emotions by suspending negative
self-judgment into your life.
1. Choose one day or hour and observe how many times you have a
negative thought about yourself or something you did. How does it make you
2. Now, for day two or even hour two, find a more positive thought to
replace each negative one. This can be a bit of a struggle. Don't be
discouraged. It is normal. The critic inside your head may get louder. Just
ignore him or her and keep doing it. If you need to, pretend for one hour that
you are allowed to replace the negative thoughts with positive ones. Go ahead.
Give yourself permission. Now, after one hour, how do you feel?
3. Be careful that you do not allow a negative self-judgment about your
This is the new process that needs to be implemented in your life to start
changing the pattern of dishonouring your emotions. You can enlist the help of a
friend or coach to point out to you when you are being negative towards
yourself. Awareness takes time to develop. Be patient with yourself, but be
persistent. In twenty-one days you can already start to feel the new pattern
being automatic, but find a way to stick with it.
E-book: Honouring Your Emotions: Why it matters
by Johanna Vanderpol
If you haven't already done so, take a look at my new e-book on my website.
Click here to look at some excerpts: www.johannavanderpol.com/HYE.asp
. You can purchase it for $14.95 and download it immediately, no waiting for
something to be shipped. You will then have the book on your computer and
can read it whenever you want and print whatever you want. It will get
you started on the path to honouring your emotions - a vital skill to improve
the quality of your life, your health and your relationships.
FREE Teleclass: The Top Ten Ways to Honour Your
Emotions, Monday, August 16, 2004, 8 PM
EST, phone number 1-831-600-1000 password 13883
Stay tuned for group coaching programs to teach you how to honour your
emotions and make it a part of your way of life.
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