A 20-year-long study that followed 800 people from Kindergarten into their 20s reveals that those displaying high emotional-intelligence at a young age fare better in later life.

EQ vs. IQ

Emotional Quotient is something that can be taught, learned, and developed; it’s not just genetic like it’s academic counterpart, IQ. Social and emotional skills are what allows us to understand ourselves and how to “play nicely” with others. Sharing, listening, expressing feelings-these all fall into the category of emotional awareness.

Study Results

Those kindergartners who shared and were helpful, for example, went on to graduate college and nab a full-time job by the age of 25. Other youngsters who had challenges resolving conflict and cooperating, grew up to be dropouts, drug/alcohol users, or had run-ins with the law. The research findings inform society that social skills are definitely important to teach in school and at home.