Body language is a form of non-verbal communication consisting of eye movements, body posture, facial expressions and gestures. Research shows that 60-70% of all communication comes from body language, 30% derives from tone while only 10% of what we say comes from words. So it was no wonder when my business partner asked me what was bothering me last week that she knew my response, “I’m fine” did match up to what my hunch back of Notre Dame posture suggested, that I obviously wasn’t. At the time I just didn’t’ want to talk about it but because I’m a feeler, I couldn’t simply shake it off. I’m not the kind of stoic robot that hides emotion. easily. When I’m happy, the whole world knows and when I’m upset, it really shows; I wear my heart on my sleeve and I’m proud of it. Problem is when I’m down, it affects my work and ultimately my business. Although the problem wasn’t going to be fixed overnight, I needed to find a way to get my mind off of it and get me to being more productive.
After reading part of Tony Robbin’s “Awaken the Giant Within”, his words ’emotion is created by motion’ radiated in my head like a bad (or in this case good) migraine. ‘Everything that we feel is the result of how we use our bodies.’ I needed to take action… immediately! I had not exercised in a few days and it clearly was affecting my emotions. I also went back into my memory bank and thought of all the things that made me happy and dancing was one of them. I hadn’t danced in 12 years! Something that I was clearly passionate about was absent from my life and incorporating it would not only help relieve stress but also endorphins which would make me feel better. That is why tonight I’ve decided to enroll in my first dance class in over 12 years at the University Center for the Performing Arts. This will be just one of the new changes that I am implementing in my life and creating the happiness that I seek!
I’m not suggesting that you shouldn’t think or deal with your problems. What I am saying though is be mindful of what you’re NOT saying as it is a tell-tale sign of what we are feeling. if you’re felling a negative emotion, you can choose to change it in an instant! Movement makes us happy! Have you ever tried dancing with a frown. I challenge you to do it and you won’t be able to. Maybe a straight face but not a frown. The next time you feel upset, go to the bathroom and smile really, really hard for 5 seconds. If that doesn’t work, do 10 jump n jacks or run in place for 1 min. I can almost guarantee, you’ll feel better about the situation.
What activities make you happy? Share them with me… I’m willing to try (ALMOST) anything once 🙂