WHEN MOST OF US were growing up, the “brains” in the class were the most admired—or disliked. They were the individuals who were going to go furthest in life. But many psychologists now believe that “emotional intelligence”—how we are able to perceive and manage emotions in ourselves and in others—is more important to the success of our day-to-day lives. Don’t miss “Choose the Path to a Happy Life”—and find out how managing and improving your emotional intelligence will lead you to a healthier and happier life.
Emotional intelligence can also help us when dealing with extreme sadness or distress. When seven-year-old Nicholas Green died tragically in Italy in1994, his parents had the generosity of spirit to see that others could benefit from their son’s death. Donating his organs saved several lives, including then fifteenyear-old Andrea Mongiardo, who had end-stage heart failure. With Nicholas’ heart, Andrea lived more than 22 good years, until succumbing to a side effect of an aggressive cancer treatment. Don’t miss “The Final Beat of a Golden Heart.”
When it comes to straight-out smarts, it’s hard not to admire a dog and his nose. In “Smart Dogs” we learn how they are trained to sniff out bombs before they can hurt innocent people—and have fun doing it!
We hope you enjoy your “summer reading” and take away some inspiration from the wide selection of articles in this issue.