• Last week we focused on being aware of our thoughts. This week we will focus on being aware of our bodies. The way we sit, stand, or walk often reflects our mood. However, the opposite can also be true; our mood can be affected by our body language.
• For example, if we are sitting and our posture looks as if we are bored, we are more likely to become bored. If we walk with confidence, we are more likely to feel confident.
• Our body language, much like our thoughts, can affect how we feel at any moment. Unlike our thoughts, however, body language communicates something about ourselves to others as well.
• In a sense, we are always communicating, even when not talking. Author and Sociologist Paul Watzlawick coined the phrase: “You can not communicate.”
If we are always communicating, how can we become more aware of the messages we are sending non-verbally?
1. Pay attention to your body language. When we are aware of our body language, we are in better control of what we are communicating to the people around us. We may also gain insight into why people react to us the way they do; they may be reacting to what we are communicating non-verbally with our body language.
2. Communicate who you want to be. When we position ourselves in a way that displays confidence, we begin to feel more confident; just as if we were to sit as if we were tired, we tend to feel more fatigued. Displaying certain traits can help us possess those traits.
3. Body language can be habitual. Resist the urge to judge another person based solely on their non-verbal communication. Body language can often be a habit, and they may not even be aware of the message they are communicating.
“People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude. ” ~ John C. Maxwell