5 Personal Finance Lessons You Wish You Had Learned in School – Part I

Did you know that the number one cause of stress is money? According to several studies, more people worry about money compared to health, family, work or relationships. This is true regardless of age, citizenship, gender or educational attainment. Although financial stress is expected among low income families, it is puzzling to note that even high income households and highly-skilled professionals still do worry about money. A diploma on a prestigious university is never a guarantee of wealth.

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10 Ways to Improve Your EQ

IQ and EQ should go hand-in-hand to help you navigate through life and reach your goals. So if you are lacking in one area, then you should incorporate practices into your daily life that will help you improve.

Reading is a good way to enhance IQ. You gain more knowledge from reading about different topics or listening to podcasts. Basically, you need to take in more information and learn from them to help you improve your IQ.

On the other hand, enhancing EQ requires a different method. Do you think you have a high EQ? If you think you’re EQ is average or poor, then these tips should help you improve your Emotional Quotient.If you or a friend are on the high IQ side, then these tips can also help you improve your EQ.

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Signs That You Have High EQ

Both IQ and EQ play significant roles in your overall success in life. Your IQ indicates your level of intelligence while your EQ shows your ability to handle and control your emotions.

There are many available standardized tests online if you want to find out your IQ score. Don’t worry if your IQ is below average. Although having a high IQ will give you an advantage, it is not a guarantee for success. It only measures your potential for success. In fact, studies reveal that your EQ is more important than your IQ. Statistics show that about 90% of successful individuals have high emotional intelligence as compared to only 20% who have high IQ.

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Which is More Important, IQ or EQ?

Imagine you are alone on a boat in the middle of the river when the boat suddenly starts to sink. There are no people around and you don’t know how to swim. What will you do?

Will you try your best to learn how to swim? Will you shout at the top of your lungs hoping that somebody out there will hear you? Will you try to stay afloat by holding onto something? How will you answer the question? If you are the average person, you will probably come up with several different answers on how to survive and get out of the situation.  But if you are a high IQ individual, your answer will simply be to stop imagining.

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Book Smart vs Street Smart, Which one is Better?

Most children grew up listening to their parents’ monologue, “Study hard. Get good grades so that you can get a good job and become successful later on.” This is not surprising since all parents want their children to be successful in life.  Some parents even take their achievement goals for their children to the extremes. It is a simple formula, study + good grades = success. Unfortunately, life is more complicated than that.

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Sky Castle: Parental Achievement Goals to the Extremes

Parents feel proud and happy of their children’s achievements. Just take a look at your social media accounts, everyday you will see posts of proud parents about their children’s attainments.

It is only natural for parents to aspire for their children’s success. However, when taken to the extremes, it becomes destructive. Because of the parents’ desire, children are being pressured to excel from a very young age. This has become the biggest cause of stress among the youth today. Sky Castle, the highest rated cable drama on Korean broadcasting history, is one of the top Korean dramas with lessons in life. It dealt with this sensitive style of parenting.

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Parenting Styles: What Kind of Parent Are You?

If you have a child, you will probably understand why parenting is said to be the hardest job in the world. Yes, it is the most rewarding but it is also very challenging. There is no user manual nor a step-by-step guide.

There may be lots of available materials out there on how to raise a child; however, it is fact that every child is different. Each one has their own temperaments. Even if you are not a first-time parent, it is still going to be difficult for new challenges always arise in childrearing.

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A Short But Fun Road Trip to Atimonan, Quezon

We all want a vacation now and then to be able to relax and re-energize but sometimes, our busy lives just doesn’t allow for a luxurious getaway. Us girls also wanted to go on a vacation but our schedules never seem to match and we always had something to do on weekends. But we were all determined and constantly excited to discuss our plans for a weekend getaway.

Finally, we settled on just going on a road trip to a small resort in Atimonan, Quezon. It was a 6-hour ride, far enough from the city but still near enough not to exhaust us from the travel time. Picking a date to go was tricky at first, but I guess our determination and positive thinking paid off because a couple of days before the weekend, all our schedules synced. So, we met early morning, on a weekend, (despite some mishaps and a sleepless night of packing our bags) for our quick adventure. It was a very quick one indeed but it was all worth it as we came back with more than just fun memories of our trip.

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The Practice of Mindfulness and Its Benefits

Emotional health is not always easy to measure as people generally go through a range of different emotions from moment to moment. No one can maintain being cheerful all day or being sad all day. There will always be a break in the cycle.

However, we can describe our general mood for the day. But is there a way to keep tabs on our thoughts and emotions and process them without stressing ourselves out? There is a way to do this through the practice of mindfulness and it is tightly integrated with meditation.

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5 Daily Habits to Improve Your Emotional Health

Our daily habits can help us improve our emotional heath or it can do the opposite. It’s just a matter of which habits we choose to keep and discard in order to start getting back on track towards our health goals and to maintain our health for the long term.

If you do not feel that you are emotionally healthy, then try to get a clearer picture of your current state. You can ask yourself these questions to asses your emotional health. Remember that emotional health plays a significant factor in your success in life. In fact, your emotional quotient or EQ can be more valuable than your education in achieving your goals.

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