How to create a new kind of ’empowerment’ in your life
Empowerments are tools for enhancing people’s lives, helping them become more confident, healthier and happier.
It’s a philosophy that’s gaining momentum in Australia, where we’ve recently seen the introduction of a new ’emotional intelligence test’ and a new way of measuring ’emotion’ in Australia.
But what is an empowerment?
Here are five things you need to know.
Empowering yourself Empowerings are tools used by people to help them achieve their goals, and are used by some to improve their health, mental wellbeing and physical health.
They’re also used by many other people to cope with stress.
For example, a study published in the Journal of Health Psychology in 2016 found that people who use them to improve physical health, such as exercise, were also more likely to report being more confident in themselves and in their ability to cope in situations that could affect their physical health and wellbeing.
Empowered relationships Empowerement is one of the most powerful forms of empowerment that people can experience, says Empower Australia’s Chief Executive Dr Richard Lohman.
“People can create their own pathways to self-sufficiency, with self-management, self-acceptance, and self-discipline,” Dr Lohmann says.
“And when we empower people, we’re making them aware of their own limitations, their own vulnerabilities, their ability for resilience.”
This is what is so valuable about empowerment, it is about making them feel empowered, it’s about seeing them as a whole person.
“Empower your family and friends by finding out more about the best ways to connect with family and others.
Empathy Empathy is the ability to understand someone else’s feelings and emotions, and to empathise with them, Dr Lahman says.
It can be a very important trait to develop, but can be harder to find in our society.
Empathising means to take into account others’ feelings and needs, so that when someone else experiences a problem or hardship, you understand what that person is going through.
Empathic empathy can also help you see the world from a different point of view, or it can allow you to better understand someone’s point of views.
Emotional intelligence Emotional Intelligence is the term used to describe a person’s ability to recognise and process emotions.
It involves the ability, for example, to be able to tell when someone is being unfaithful or when someone has hurt or upset someone else, or to understand how others feel and respond.
The Australian Institute of Mental Health says emotional intelligence is “associated with positive outcomes, such in higher self-esteem, increased self-confidence, increased sense of belonging, and increased ability to make decisions about health and social issues”.
Empowers a family or group of people by providing support Empower yourself by finding a partner or family member who can support you, says Dr Lihman.
If you’re not in a relationship, find someone to share the burden of caring for you, or support you financially, he says.
You can also connect with other family and other groups, such a a group of friends or family members.
The thing that empowers people is that they realise that they are loved by people who care about them,” Dr Rochford says.