What songs make you feel good about yourself and increase your emotional intelligence (EQ)?
One of the hardest EQ elements to increase is Self-Regard. One action you can take not only to maintain your self-image, but even boost your confidence and self-esteem is surround yourself with positive thoughts—ideas and messages that reinforce high Self-Regard. My Self-Regard Playlist these days would have to include the following songs. Click the album graphic to hear the song.
“You shoot me down, but I won’t fall. I am titanium.” Like an updated version of Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me with Your Best Shot”, this song is about strength and confidence.
There was a time in 1986 that you could not turn on the radio without hearing this anthem for Self-Regard reminding us that you can’t do much of anything without a foundation of respect and love for yourself.
I Am, I Said, Neil Diamond
A dark horse in this list, Neil Diamond’s classic song sounds like a shout from the darkness of isolation and depression that “I am.” I am worthy of attention, love, and happiness.
Respect Yourself, Staples Singers
This classic soul hit from 1971 was a much needed but seldom heard (at the time) call to self-sufficiency and self-respect.
You Gotta Be, Des’ree
In this song, Des’ree serves as a funky life coach as she offers gentle reminders, “You gotta be bad; you gotta be bold; you gotta be wiser.”
The World’s Greatest, R Kelly
After R Kelly gave us the Self-Regard anthem, “I Believe I Can Fly”, he released one even better. “I’m that star up in the sky; I’m that mountain peak up high. Hey, I made it; I’m the world’s greatest.”
What is on your Self-Regard playlist?