When it comes to face to face conversation, we all know that the words that come out of our mouth are only half of the conversation going on. Our body language as in how we stand, move and carry ourselves, is also very important. In fact, your body language can actually affect your body in a number of ways. Here are three great body language hacks you should be aware of.
1. Know and Implement the “Power Poses”
These are poses that are meant to have a positive impact on your mood and confidence within minutes of doing them. Amy Cuddy (a researcher at Harvard) studies body languages and how it affects your hormones. Power Poses are basically any pose that keeps your body open and relaxed compared to low power poses, which are guarded and closed. Studies have shown these poses can actually have noticeable effects on hormones as it leads to rises in testosterone and lowers cortisol levels.
2. Eyes Hold A Lot of Power
When it comes to body language most people think about what their bodies are doing, but often forget one of the most important components in body language, which are the eyes. Eye contact can reveal a lot about a person and people who don’t make any eye contact can be perceived as weak, scared or dishonest. But on the other hand, constantly staring at the other person is offsetting. It is best to maintain eye contact while talking but when listening, it is a good idea to glance down or away for a little every now and again.
3. Approach Each Situation With Positivity
In meeting new people or people you already know, give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Don’t instantly judged a book by its cover as these judgments can often be wrong. If someone looks like they may cause trouble or be rude, still approach with positivity if possible. Basically treat everyone as a friend and with respect unless they give you a reason not to. This will lead to much more positive interactions most of the time which is obviously a good thing for you and those around you.