When we talk about the ingredients for a healthy relationship, we tend to focus on trust, honesty, and communication. And while all these are definitely essential, there is one factor that actually underpins all the others, and often gets lost in the shuffle. I'm talking about emotional intelligence. Why does emotional intelligence matter in a relationship so much? Kerri-Anne Brown, a licensed mental health counselor and founder of Healing with Wisdom, a private psychotherapy practice in Orlando, Florida, tells Elite Daily. "[It’s] the ability to recognize emotions — and their impact — in yourself and others. This is so incredibly important in relationships as it helps couples effectively express and manage difficult emotions that arise.”
How can you tell if you or your partner are emotionally intelligent? According to the experts, it’s all in the way that we communicate with each other. How tapped into the other person's emotions we are and how well we are able to navigate difficult moments and conversations that naturally arise in relationships. While some people are naturally more inclined to emotional intelligence, the good news is that it's also a skill that can be learned — one with long-lasting benefits for your happiness and well-being. Here's why the experts say emotional intelligence really does matter.