Emotional Intelligence

The Big Ideas! IQ and emotional intelligence work separately. Emotional intelligence operates in five realms: awareness of one’s own emotions; being able to shake off negative emotions such as anxiety, gloom, and irritability; motivating oneself; feeling empathy; and interacting smoothly with others. We retain the emotional systems of our cave-dwelling ancestors, who regularly faced life-and-death … Read more


Happier is written by┬áTal Ben-Shahar, the most popular professor in the history of Harvard University. His book elucidates practical and scientifically researched pathways to become…you guessed it, happier. The Big Ideas! Establish rituals in your life and in your weekly schedule. Just as you brush your teeth each day, you can establish new rituals that … Read more

The Art of Happiness

The Art of Happiness, by the world renowned spiritual leader known as the Dalai Lama, is a guide to living a happy life. The Big Ideas! Happiness is a state of mind, a habitual way of thinking that fosters an inner sense of satisfaction and peace. People cultivate happiness performing what Buddhists call right action, … Read more

Emotional Intelligence 2.0

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves explains the difference between natural intelligence (I.Q. as measured by the Stanford-Binet, Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale and others), and what the authors call Emotional Intelligence (EI), measured by the Emotional Quotient (EQ). Whoa, that was a lot of acronyms. You still with me? Okay, let’s see … Read more

Happy for No Reason

Happy for No Reason outlines a 7-step process for achieving lasting happiness. Transformational expert Marci Shimoff puts forth her theory that people can be happy for no reason. Although certain events in life from a shopping spree to a wedding can bring temporary happiness, these boosts in mood are temporary. Chasing temporary methods for making … Read more