Can Emotional Intelligence Impact on Your Health?

Over a number of years, we here at Lambda Mi and with those associated with us, have come to believe that our physical, our mental health and our general wellbeing, are all improved dramatically through the adaptation and adoption of good EQ emotional intelligence practices.
As I now look back over the various EQ Workshop event reports, and from our own EQ Consulting sessions, it occurred to me that it might be helpful to share some of the results. The findings might also serve as a powerful motivator for people to develop their own EQ emotional intelligence competencies, their self-awareness, their emotional self-management, their relationship management, social skills and their communications and self-presentations with others.

Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease
H. Eysenck (British Journal of Medical Psychology, 1998. found that smoking was less of a factor in predicting death from cancer and cardiovascular disease than emotional stress. People unable to handle stress experienced a 40% higher death rate than those more capable of managing stress.
Risk of Heart Disease
A 10-year study (Don’t Worry, Be Happy: Positive Affect and Reduced 10-year Incident Coronary Heart Disease: The Canadian Nova Scotia Health Survey, European Heart Journal 2010 31(9), as reported on July 15, 2010) indicated that a 22% lower risk of heart disease was related to higher levels of positive emotions (positive affect).  The researchers concluded that, while further study was required, increased positive feelings and reduced depression might be indicated as a preventative factor for heart disease.

Alzheimer’s Disease
Dr. D. Snowdon (University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, as reported in Time, “The Nun Study,” May 14, 2001) found that of 200 nuns, those who indicated the most positive emotions in their short autobiographies upon taking their holy orders lived the longest. Those experiencing Alzheimer’s in later years had fewer indications of positive emotions as the disease progressed.
Memory Loss

The American Academy of Neurology (Distress-prone People More Likely to Develop Memory Problems, as reported in Science Daily, June 12, 2007) reported that people prone to memory problems are more likely to experience negative emotions and stress. Mild cognitive impairment was 40% more likely to appear in people who experienced negative emotions.


In a study (McCraty, Atkinson, and Conforti, Proceedings of the Society of Behavioural Medicine 20th Annual Scientific Sessions, San Diego, CA 1999), diabetics who used the HeartMath emotional management techniques were able to reduce their HbA1 levels.  The risk of complications such as kidney disease, nerve damage and blindness has been shown to be reduced in individuals who are able to maintain levels at 7% or less.
Positive Words and Caring
95% of male University students who did not characterise their parents positively (loving, open, etc.) and indicated that they were not caring, experienced diseases in midlife.  This 35-year study (Journal of Behavioural Medicine, 1997; 20(1): 1-13) found that of those students who characterised their parents with positive words and indicated that they were caring and open, fewer than 30% were diagnosed with diseases in midlife.

The Good News
The good news is that through the adoption and practice of EQ emotional intelligence competencies, through good emotional self-awareness and emotional self-management techniques, (those things that we at Lambda Mi highlight, teach, highlight and support in our programs), has shown to produce positive results in helping improve the health of people with …

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Chronic pain
  • Clinical depression
  • Hypertension
  • Arrhythmias
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Post-traumatic stress

With the potential to realise such health benefits, it seems an easy decision to commit to the small amount of time it takes to apply the simple techniques on a regular basis.
To be more healthful, to lead a more stress free life, to realise better relationships, join us, contact us and adopt EQ emotional intelligence as proactive and positive elements in your life.

Michael Boase

CEO & EQ Consultant

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