Mind Tools defines Emotional intelligence as "the ability to understand and manage your own emotions, and those of people around you." They explain that emotionally intelligent people "have strong relationships, and they manage difficult situations calmly and effectively. They're also likely to be resilient in the face of adversity." It sounds like something that everyone would want, but not everyone has it. We're going to look at some ways to increase your emotional intelligence in the next few weeks. You can find the Mind Tools online emotional intelligence quiz at - https://www.mindtools.com/axbwm3m/how-emotionally-intelligent-are-you.
It is human nature to be selfish. Consider also the fact that the part of the brain that regulates decision-making is not fully developed in teenagers so you act impulsively and don't always consider the consequences of your actions - so it's even more difficult for you. But the middle of a global pandemic is not the time to ice selfish. We all have to be a lot more selfless and consider the greater good of our communities and country. This is a once in a hundred year occurrence so you likely won't experience anything else like it in your lifetime. The pandemic won't last forever - one day you will be able to go to the beach, have parties and travel again. But for now we need to be unselfish and follow the directives of our government. Failing to do so will make this whole saga drag on for longer. Anti-maskers, quarantine breakers, those who refuse to obey restrictions and those who go out when they are sick are being selfish. Now is not the time. We're all in this together!