Jennifer A. Williams

Jennifer A. Williams

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Apathy Is the Enemy of Empathy

November 27, 2018

Whether it's a friend, spouse, or a co-worker, the unknown of another's emotions can make us very uneasy even if we desire to support the person. Sometimes it's just easier to remain on our own island and ensure safety and predictability. 

Do you steer away from those "soft" feelings because they might take you places you are unprepared to go?

Do others’ reactions and charged emotions frighten you? 

Are you concerned that you'll be sucked into an abyss of someone else's pain? After all, some days we are barely dealing with life's challenges ourselves.

At a time with much uncertainty and [...]

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

Taming the Flood of Contradictions in a Wedding

November 13, 2018

It is very apparent to everyone that weddings are quite a dichotomy—filled with contradictions.

Beginnings and endings. Expected extravagance clashing with necessary budgets. The anticipation of the perfect day colliding with unknowns and fears. The exhilaration of love and joy contrasted by forgotten details, letdowns, and disappointments. The elevated happiness and the greatest stress all tied up into one day.

Posted in Intentional Weddings & Wedding Planning

How Emotional Resilience Can Help You Cultivate Happiness

November 01, 2018

For many, stress has a hair-trigger. Change and unexpected letdowns are met with emotional over-reactions, and minor criticisms can ruin entire days. The antidote to this turmoil is emotional resilience, an element of emotional intelligence that allows one to adapt to and recover from stress and negativity. The good news is that you can actively improve your emotional resilience and noticeably increase your happiness.

Posted in Boost Your Emotional Intelligence

Why Selfie Care Is Vital for Parents

October 30, 2018

Why have selfies become a trend? And do we take a selfie only when we look our best? Probably not during a fight with your spouse or after a day of power struggles with your toddler or teen. 

Could the preoccupation with Facebook along with snapping selfies and posting pictures on Snapchat be a sign of how invisible we feel to ourselves? Maybe, maybe not. But there is a form of invisibility to ourselves that often goes unnoticed—a lack of self-care.

Posted in Perfectly Imperfect Parenting

Why You Should Stop Being a People Pleaser

October 23, 2018

Recently, I quoted Ayn Rand to someone close to me, and the person quickly retorted that I couldn't possibly buy into her philosophy. Their fervent response surprised me, so I inquired what he meant. The answer unfolded a fascinating discussion.

Posted in Boost Your Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

"Intention, Not Tension"

September 28, 2018

With all the daily ups and downs and the moment-by-moment challenges that arise in our lives, it's easy to forget that we have a say in how we feel. We have the ability to choose our response no matter what happens (and things do happen). We can create our experience in each moment, even when it doesn’t feel like we have any choice at all.

How do we do this? By being mindful of our reactions and self-talk. At any moment, we can set our reset button, shifting tension to a conscious intention. Perhaps our intention is to remain calm even when things go wrong. These mini decisions determine [...]

Posted in Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective

Learn to Recognize and Allow Yourself to Feel Your Emotions

September 08, 2018

Getting in touch with one’s feelings is not that easy for most of us. For years, we have been taught to suppress and hide certain feelings. For instance, when we are feeling down and blue, we are often told to put on a “brave face” and smile, even though we know we are hurting inside.

Over time, it can become more difficult to express what we are truly feeling.

Posted in Emotional Intelligence

How to Control and Release Anger Without Lashing Out

August 28, 2018

Everyone gets angry at some point in their lives. Even our children will get angry when something is not going their way or they get frustrated. Anger, in itself, is often considered a “bad” emotion that we have been taught to suppress and push aside. After all, if we let anger get the best of us, our reactions can lead to negative consequences or cause uncomfortable circumstances for ourselves or others.

Posted in Emotional Intelligence

How to Understand and Overcome Jealousy

August 23, 2018

Jealousy is a misunderstood and harshly judged emotion. Who likes to admit to jealousy? And when was the last relationship you heard about that relished their husband or wife, boyfriend or girlfriend being jealous? Jealousy can destroy relationships and eat away at us from the inside out. However, at one time or another, most people feel its sting.

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

Why Emotionally Intelligence Is Crucial in Business Today

August 16, 2018

Whether you consider yourself an entrepreneur, a business owner, or a CEO, there are few things more valuable in business than emotional intelligence. What might come to mind are emotions and empathy but what many people often don't realize is that emotional intelligence (also called EQ) includes scores of competencies: problem-solving, conflict resolution, forecast thinking, resiliency, visionary leadership, prioritizing, and the ability to respond instead of reacting, to name only a few.

Posted in Business and Leadership

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