There's various ways to look at EQ and understanding what it is. For the basics think:
1. Awareness of Emotions
2. Management of Emotions
5. Relationship capacity
Items 1-3 are Intrapersonal Items 4-5 are Interpersonal. The more intra personal traits and skills we have (understanding ourself) the more capable we are of the interpersonal traits and skills (understanding others.)
It is intrinsic in humans to want to succeed ... to belong and to contribute. We want to contribute as much to our own life and ability to live as well as to contribute to making a difference in the greater community.
Another way to look at it is the ability to utilize our emotions, the thoughts we say in our head, the words we voice out loud and the actions we take in order to make a difference in our world. When I think of EQ I think of positive traits. Negative traits/skills are Low EQ.
I hope you can have a day of "thinking" about where you utilize EQ in your daily living...you're doing it all the time...you just may not be aware of it.
Create a GREAT day!