Research: How Being Strong in EQ Positively Impacts Our Sense of Wellbeing

Sep 28 / Sue Hurst

People skilled in living and expressing positive emotions are more likely to produce success in life regardless of whether success is “measured as a satisfying marriage, a larger salary, or better health...” (Fredrickson, 2009)


If you read the previous blog on the correlation between health and skills in emotional intelligence, then you won't be surprised by the information below. It’s based on research on positive emotions by Dr. Barbara Fredrickson. Positive emotions are the result of being skilled and operating in emotionally intelligent behaviors.

  • The positive emotions of people expressing high levels of EQ brings lower blood pressure, less pain, fewer colds, better sleep, and lower disease risk. People with these skills and emotions are less likely to have hypertension, diabetes, or a stroke.
  • People who express higher levels of the key EQ skill optimism and other positive emotions live longer. Up to ten years longer.
  • Additionally, people skilled in living and expressing positive emotions are more likely to produce success in life regardless of whether success is “measured as a satisfying marriage, a larger salary, or better health, positivity mattered.” (Fredrickson, 2009. Positivity: Top-notch research reveals the upward spiral that will change your life. New York, NY: Crown Publishing)


While the positive effects of EQ skills are well-documented, the research on the increased power to change and grow when working with a coach is also well-documented:
  • Training increases productivity 22% 
  • Coaching with training has been found to increase productivity 88% to 400%. (International Personnel Management Association, 2001)

There are some incredible benefits to being trained in emotional intelligence—for you, your team, your family, everyone in your life. 


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