The objective of life
Best indicators for each intelligence area
The Intelligences Are:
   Overall life intelligence/knowledge (& The Life Effectiveness Quotient)
   Management/decision-making intelligence/knowledge
   Psychological intelligence/knowledge
   Emotional intelligence/knowledge
   Physical intelligence/knowledge
   Mental acuity/knowledge
Matching of aptitudes and developing skills
The intelligences/knowledge/practices in combination

Note:  What this whole site and endeavor is about is facilitating and guiding one to develop a high Life Effectiveness Quotient.  Click on the red highlighted link so that you can read more about it and take the test to see what your LEQ is! 


The objective of life is always to create enduring happiness, which is an underlying current of happiness no matter what is occurring.  Short term pleasure, diversions, distractions, denial type activities – all are not contributors to enduring happiness.

If one is not successful at life, one lacks the most vital intelligence of all: 'practical intelligence" - the ability to use what is available in the world, figure out what is needed, and then apply it successfully to life.  One might also call it "success intelligence".  Other than for scientific items, one's analytical I.Q. (the ability to analyze is what the standard I.Q. tests measure) is useless if one does not get the desired results in life.  It is only when we grow our practical intelligence that we will succeed in life - so that should be your top priority.  It shouldn't be "be smart", "look good", "be a good nerd", etc., but to be that person who is able to successfully manage life.  If you miss getting the point of all life (enduring happiness), do you have anything???


Since every effect (result) has a cause, we simply need to look at the effect to know if the cause is the right one for a good life.  If the result is not good, then the intelligence and awareness in the area is inadequate and not serving one well - and that is unacceptable! (Duh!)

Results show up in

      Physical health and energy
      Satisfaction, fulfillment
      Better relationships
      Loving life
      Life being easier
      Confidence, self-esteem, self-respect
      Feeling peace


This is too often missing, as we learn randomly and ineffectively as we go through life with little thought, believing things to be true that aren't even in the vicinity of being true nor able to stand the "truth test" in reasoning.  This area overlaps with Psychological Intelligence and is supported by the other intelligences.  Courses seldom address this area, where we make incredibly harmful decisions often, especially in areas that affect our happiness. (See the Psychological Resources for life learning courses.)

Since intelligence is often considered to be the ability to learn or undrstand ror to deal with new or trying situations, intelligence might be considered to be more like a skill that is based on knowledge acquired - but the knowledge is not just "data" but it is learning what works in life and then setting up systems or ways of thinking that enable one to get the desired results one wants in life.  With some license, I call that The Life Effectiveness Quotient ("LEQ").  (Click the link to go to the page.) This is a results test, which shows that you have built the "intelligence" to know what to do and to know how to do it.  On this basis, then knowing how to "do" self control is the connector between knowledge and basic skills and actual getting of the results.  Because I have seen how a person with lots of intelligence and lots of facts can be inneffective in life, I have written a book on the missing link.  At this time it is called The Self Control Book, but just look for the title or a similar one in Books And Booklets directory page.


This is the ability and intelligence to look from a higher perspective and to intelligently set objectives and manage the attainment of those objectives.   It includes the knowledge of the principles about what works and how the laws of life operate. 

This is the ability to orchestrate life and create the results desired.

“The art of living consists of learning how to pick our goals wisely, limit their number prudently, win them gracefully and never allow their pursuit to define who we are.”

(See Learning and Thinking section and/or DecisionMaking/ProblemSolving section.)


Although we'll use emotional intelligence and other supporting intelligences in our other discussions and tests, this is worth discussing separately, as we are vastly ignorant in this area, learning it randomly and accepting false beliefs (and repeating them until they become "self-evident truths").

The biggest area to repair is that of the false beliefs that are making us unhappy.  We fail to distinguish between true threats and thoughts/beliefs where we create a false not-real threat.  This is the biggest source of unhappiness.  See Fears/Anxiety/Worry  section, especially Threats And Fear.  You should also know how we create unnecessary Suffering And Struggle.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE/KNOWLEDGE                                

This starts with awareness of self and how the emotions operate. 

It is an indication of “maturity”, shown by the ability to manage emotions, avoiding “reactivity” (anger, resentment, fear, etc.) and choosing emotions and attitudes that are appropriate for one’s own happiness and the happiness of others he/she interacts with.

Awareness of more alternatives and the ability to make better choices allows one to avoid the lower-awareness, quicker but harmful means of reducing/denying anxiety or discomforts and using drugs, smoking, drinking, or inappropriate eating.

This type of intelligence makes it easier to have discipline (directed action and focus), both psychologically (no suffering associated with it) and rationally (knowing that there is a worthy positive net result).   Read  Primitive Reaction Vs. Reasoning.

It includes one’s spirit (how one “feels” and how one seeks meaning and to fulfill one’s values).  One must know how to love and respect oneself unconditionally, avoiding self-criticism and criticism of others. 

It is characterized by openness and not being in fear or closed to new experiences.  As a result more alternatives and possibilities are generated and life becomes far more effective and fulfilling. 

The person is able to self-motivate and is not dependent on others’ approval.  He/she makes commitments judiciously, often saying no, and keeps virtually all commitments.  This fortifies one’s feeling good about oneself.

The emotionally intelligent person has compassion and is able to sense and understand others’ emotions and perspectives.  The ability to influence children to be emotionally healthy and productive is one of the greatest benefits of this type of intelligence.

More than any other type of intelligence this gives you the ability to experience life to its fullest. 

(See Emotional Intelligence.  Read Emotion Management section especially.)


The person has knowledge of how to be effective in this area and does not operate off of surface type knowledge, such as inaccurate generalities.  The person practices what he/she knows and there is no substance misuse.  (See Addictions section.)  The person does not use smoking or drinking to avoid discomfort and/or deny emotions, and instead uses appropriate methods to feel good physically and emotionally. 

The person is in touch with his/her body, able to feel when a change is needed and able to avoid excess stress and toxins (such as alcohol, smoking, drugs, poor foods). 

Results show up in physical health measures from appropriate weight to high energy, and great blood and chemistry panels.  The “real age” of the person is several years less than the chronological age.  Of course, the opposite is true, low knowledge/practice shows up in less energy, physical problems for more of life, and a loss of several years of life.

Handling this area actually makes one more capable in and have more energy for the other areas!

See Physical Management section.


The ability to focus and concentrate is a key characteristic in this area and the gateway to making more progress more quickly and easily.   Emotional intelligence helps one to be able to do this, since emotional neediness or jumpiness will cause one’s attention span to be shorter.

In this area, people are able to read and learn such that they acquire useful knowledge for life and for interest sake.  If this muscle is not used, as with any muscle, it withers and people find themselves less able to function in other areas, such as emotional intelligence.

Knowing how to think “right”  and logically is another key item in living a successful life.  This includes: knowing such simple things as “for any effect, there must be a cause”, “solve the underlying problem and not the symptom”, etc., knowing that magical thinking doesn’t work.  Being able to spot the fallacies in psychological thinking can eliminate much worry and false fear.  It is important also to know that something that happens at the same time or before something else was not necessarily the cause.


Identifying what one’s aptitudes are helps an individual to be able to fulfill oneself, for an aptitude must be used or a gnawing sense of emptiness occurs.  It is such a pity if one does not identify one’s unique gifts and consequently does not use them for enhancing life.

Matching aptitudes  to the vocation and/or avocation makes work more enjoyable, easier and more productive.  It is an essential action as it creates over many years massively greater satisfaction and personal confidence and produces much more output, with less effort, so that it is easier to be productive and/or make more money. 

Read the page for Aptitudes, Talents And Signature Strengths.


In combination, these produce much better life choices, living a longer and high quality health life, more energy and enjoyment of life, much greater satisfaction and fulfillment.  It allows a person to fully feel good about oneself and one’s life, in an enduring manner, to create lasting, fully-installed happiness.   The person will have perspective on life and is able to powerfully manage his/her life to create virtually anything that is wanted, including dramatically better relationships with those close to him/her and with one’s self.

Those benefits are far, far, far greater than any efforts to achieve them. (However, we recognize that there are reasons why someone might not want to do this – see the next page.)

See the Word document:  "The Intelligences", which contains the above, plus other useful information and devices:

Reasons Why Not - Check off your reasons for not working on increasing the intelligences, from no time to .... Go to:

Progress In Intelligences And Knowledge For Living Life” to see where you are at and where you might want to go.  Also included is “Emotional Intelligence In Action Handling Anxieties And Relieving Stress”, the reasons you might put out to not bother to learn these, and the rating of where you are in the progress toward the intelligences and knowledge necessary for living life well.

     Emotional Intelligence In Action - Handling Anxieties And Relieving Stress - See
       what you are doing and might want to change, in terms of actions that are
       harmful or are beneficial.  A one page chart of the unproductive harmful
       action, the effect, the productive substitute action, and the effect of the latter.


After doing the reasons why not and rating where you are in the intelligences, decide to make the commitment to live life intelligently and very well, with great enduring happiness.


Also, what are the best, most rational, most productive choices for one's life?  Here is an inquiry and a test for you to take:    Learning the Life Intelligences.   The chart breaking down each area of life and the type of intelligence will guide you through the stages of mastering te knowledge/distinctions/intelligences.  

To read more in each intelligence area go to the links above in each section.

Notes to K:  See IntelligencesTypes in thinkingbrain on computer

Learning the Intelligences

Emotional Intelligence

Aptitudes, Talents - If these are not identified and then used, it is a terrible waste!
Threats And Fear.  

Suffering And Struggle


1. The ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations : reason

2. Mental acuteness

Measuring "intellectual" intelligence, as in an IQ test, may not fully indicate one's intelligence. 

However, how well one does in one's life will indicate, per the definition above, the "applied intelligence".  (This is sometimes called "practical intelligence", the ability to run one's life to get the results one desires.)  I call it, as noted in the body of the discussion "life effectiveness intelligence".

Virtually all humans have the ability to live a successful life, which means they have sufficient intelligence.  Whether they apply it is another question.  On this site, we are working toward trying to get more people to apply it, as is discussed on our sister site TheLifeUniversity.Com


Is nature or "the physical universe" an intelligent entity?

Not by the definition of intelligent.  It is "orderly" in a cause effect sense and it might look like something an intelligent entity designed, but it is just a physical entity that is magnificent in how it turned out.   See The Believing Brain, about how almost all of us conjure up explanations and attribute mysterious powers to "entities", powers that are not in existence at all!