You make dozens of decisions every day—can they all be great? Turns out, one of the best ways to ensure smart choices is to get in touch with your feelings.

Hear us out. In a recent paper published in Psychological Science, two academics—Stéphane Côté of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and Jeremy Yip of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School—assert that people with higher levels of emotional intelligence (EQ)  make better business decisions.

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Côté and Yip discovered that people with low levels of emotional understanding let feelings unrelated to the business—such as anxiety due to a rough commute to the office or excitement about the news of a grandchild’s birth—skew their perceptions, leading to rash judgments.

In contrast, those with strong EQ were able to identify, and successfully draw on, emotions germane to the work issue.

The takeaway? Before you make a call on something important, take a minute to check your gut.

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