The Top 10 Ways to Have an Emotionally Intelligent Night Before Christmas

Use your EQ skills to have an enjoyable and manageable Christmas! With thanks to Clement Clark Moore. 1. 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. Keep Intentionality and Focus in mind. Christmas adds another full-time job to our already busy schedules. Your Intent, no doubt, is to have a good Christmas while keeping all the other balls in the air and not ending up exhausted or with debt you don't want. Focus on Christmas and everything else in its turn, and get those stockings hung by the chimney with care. 2. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads. And Mama in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap. You need reserves to keep your resilience and stamina up. Take good care of you , your loved ones and your workers -- lots of sleep, but also lots of snuggling. It's not emotionally intelligent to damage a relationship because of Christmas stress. Emotions will be on high, so soothing tones and "visions of sugar plums" -- optimistic thoughts -- will help. Your attitude makes it a happy Christmas. 3. When out on the roof there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, tore open the shutter, and threw up the sash. "Springing," reacting to new things is normal, but don't forget to slow down your "wondering eyes." It's emotionally intelligent to take a second look, or to count to ten. Don't just react -- take a close look at what's going on, give it some thought, collect yourself, and then respond. 4. With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick. Use your EQ to read the nonverbal signals of people so you can find out what their strengths are and