Emotional intelligence is our capacity to recognize the emotions of others and our own and to use that emotional information to guide our thinking, behavior and interactions.
Our emotions effect how we act, the decisions we make, whether we ask for help or go it alone. Balanced wellness relies on your emotional intelligence to nurture your small group relationships and encourgage and support as well as accept encouragement and support from your group.
Psychology Today has an excellent overview as well as additional resources.
Dan Goleman Ph.D. is a renowned expert on Emotional and social Intelligence and his biography can be found here http://www.danielgoleman.info/biography/