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by ROMI GROSSBERG The Five Minute Guide to Emotional Intelligence... Your Journey Your Journal The 5-Minute Guide to Emotional Intelli- gence, Your Journey, Your Journal’ is a book of self-discovery, teaching self-enquiry in a creative, simple and easy to follow way. It is an interactive journal-style workbook rather than one you pick up, read and put down. You get involved. You learn. You get inspired and have fun along the way. ‘Serving Others’ is a central theme in Chris- tianity and the Christian life is one of service to others. My experience as a counsellor has taught me that serving others helps the wider community through the ripple effect. When others are in greater need, it can feel selfish to take time to care for ourselves, how- ever I believe that in order to best serve others we must do exactly this. If we are not at our best, we have less to offer the world. “Love your neighbour, as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). Amongst many other things, I teach ‘self-care’ & love, because when we feel strong and con- fident, we are best able to offer strength and support to others. I wrote this book after over a decade of coun- selling, writing therapy and running courses throughout the world. The themes that get brought up are common. The blocks, obstacles and fears, universal. The workbook aims to help you rediscover yourself, tap in to parts of yourself long forgotten and get back in touch with what you want for you. It helps you re- member to be proactive rather than reactive in life. And it is a journey, just as life is. In today’s age, emotional intelligence (E.I. or E.Q.) is proving to have greater importance than ever before. Bosses, partners and friends increasingly value your emotional intelligence and research suggests it is the greatest predic- tor of happiness and success. Why? Because strengthening your E.Q. allows for greater self-awareness, deeper relationships and great- er understanding of yourself and others. The better relationship we have with ourselves, the easier it is for us to love and serve others. Life feels more simple, relationships and friend- ships easier to form, workplaces and commu- nity groups more calm as we all work together harmoniously. Greater E.Q. helps individuals and communities grow strong. The opening chapters discuss the themes of procrastination and perfectionism, two com- mon issues preventing people from expressing themselves, journaling or even just getting things done in their work or personal lives. My personal favourite is ‘Learning to listen to your Review Book 24 | Summer 2017 ON A MISSION