The Complete Challenge to Improve Emotional Intelligence

Increasing the emotional quotient with the most outstanding nonfiction books

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Life is full of surprises, and pretty often, you can’t predict what is waiting for you behind a corner. And sometimes, it knocks us out so much that we no longer understand what is going on and what to do to move in the right direction again.

In such scenarios, it is action-time for the ever-important skill — emotional intelligence. It requires self-awareness, proper emotion management, empathy, and other fundamental abilities. And today’s turbulent times desperately call for nurturing them all to deal with the uncertainties.

For these reasons, we have taken the nonfiction bestsellers from the 7-day Emotional Intelligence Challenge on the Headway app. There you can read or listen to these books’ summaries in just 15 minutes and learn all key ideas in no time. And by sustaining such a reading habit, you can boost your emotional intelligence even with the busiest lifestyle. 

These books, as well as many other marvelous titles on the Headway app, can become your first step on the way towards achieving high emotional intelligence. Go on reading!

Day 1. How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen

Even though How Will You Measure Your Life? was published in 2012, people still claim it is one of the most impactful and meaningful self-help books ever. Perhaps, the author’s life path is the reason. After facing many challenges, like beating cancer he previously lost his father to, Clayton Christensen started to question everything. These events made him think about what matters in life and how to measure it before it’s too late. 

In How Will You Measure Your Life? you will find worthy ideas and insights no matter your age, background, or occupation. It is indeed the case of ‘one book fits all.’

Day 2. Brain Wash: Detox Your Mind for Clearer Thinking, Deeper Relationships, and Lasting Happiness by David Perlmutter M.D. and Austin Perlmutter M.D.

Written by a father-son duo, where David Perlmutter is a prominent neurologist and Austin Perlmutter is an internal medicine physician, Brain Wash is based on science and science only. That’s why there is no reason to doubt all eye-opening facts and valuable tips you can find in it. If you are ready to program your brain for the happiest life possible, then this book is a must-read!

Day 3. Chatter: The Voice in Our Heads, Why It Matters, and How To Harness It by Ethan Kross, Ph.D.

In his book Chatter, Ethan Kross, Ph.D., reveals an important fact — the constant yatter in your head is the way your mind communicates with you! The matter is that this voice that we talk to has two faces: an inner critic and a great helper. So what should we do? Tame it!

From Ethan Kross’s bestseller, you will learn the most helpful tips and tricks. How to pay attention to your subconscious mind and control the conscious one, how to accept your Chatter, and how to prevent it from transforming into an inner critic are among them. So are you ready to make a new friend?

Day 4. Is It Just Me? by Miranda Hart

Let’s face it — we are all awkward. Thus, you can either spend your life overthinking it or embrace this truth and enjoy every moment of being a weirdo. And there is a great title that will help you on your journey to self-acceptance — Is It Just Me? by Miranda Hart. Filled with witty jokes alongside truly actionable life advice, Is It Just Me? will help you live freely ever after and, of course, will reassure you that no, it’s not just you.

Day 5. The Greatest You: Face Reality, Release Negativity, and Live Your Purpose by Trent Shelton, Lou Aronica

At some point in his life, Trent Shelton stumbled on a series of unfortunate events. What he once regarded as his life purpose eventually faded away, and everything that was happening made him feel like the unluckiest man on Earth. Yet, Trent found the light in the darkness and got his life back on track despite everything. In his book The Greatest You, he opens up about how he managed to do it and how to fill your life with meaning and happiness once again. Inspiring and light-hearted, this title will prove to you that people are stronger than any obstacle they face on their way.

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