Did you know that communication is about wayyy more than what you say!? You can say a whole lot with your body without even opening your mouth!! Your posture, the way you stand, the ways you move your arms and body, your facial expression, and the ways you move your eyes can really convey a message.
Communication without using spoken words is called non-verbal communication – which is often referred to as “body language”. In fact, a scientist called Professor Albert Mehrabian researched the ways that we communicate and found that 55% of all of our communications are through body language (that is over half of our communication!), 38% relates to our tone of voice, whilst only 7% actually relates directly to the words we use. That’s pretty amazing, hey?! (And, for the older kids, it’s no wonder our text messages, Insta posts, Snaps, and emails get misinterpreted!)
Have you ever rolled your eyes at your parents when they’ve said something that’s bugged you? Have you ever crossed your arms or stomped your feet when something didn’t go your way? Have you ever put you hands on your hips when you’ve been frustrated? If your answer is “yes”, then you are already a body language pro! Body language can be positive, like a warm smile or negative, like an angry scowl. Messages conveyed through body language can be strong and clear or subtle and easily misinterpreted.
Sometimes we forget how powerful our body language can be – sometimes even powerful enough to spark Friendships Fires®!! Becoming aware of our own body language can help us to make sure that the messages that we are sending to our friends and the ways that we are communicating are effective, clear and kind. True Friendship Ninjas are very attuned to the body language of those around them and are also aware of their own body language. This activity will help you to practice your Friendship Ninja body language skillz!