Body Language: “They Need More Exclamation Marks!”

While having lunch with my 6 year old daughter, Chloe, I noticed she had been observing the people at one particular table in the restaurant where we were eating. “Dad, they need to put some exclamation marks on their face!” I knew exactly what she was talking about.

Earlier in the day, we had been talking about the use of the exclamation mark when writing, and that it is used to add emphasis to a statement.

What she had noticed, and was referring to, was the lack of facial expression or emphasis –in any way- by the people who were conversing at the nearby table.

Take a look around the next time you are out eating or shopping. Watch other people while they are talking to one another. Sadly, more often than not, you’ll see that most people place the most emphasis, or involve expressive facial expressions only on “negative” emotions.

You’ll see expressiveness when it comes to anger, frustration or disgust, for example, but when it comes to many other emotions-“positive” emotions- people, in general, are less expressive.

Given that the much of the perceived quality of our life comes down to the mental and emotional states we frequent, most often, and, that the way we use our body-to include our facial muscles/expression-plays such a huge role in these states, becoming more expressive when describing “happy” events can go a long way in helping us squeeze more juice out of the experience of life.

Stop waiting on the “moment” to move you, and realize that you can just as easily “move” the moment, with movement, specific movements, and participating with more expressiveness than you had been.

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One Comment on “Body Language: “They Need More Exclamation Marks!””


  1. ‘Out of the mouth of babes’…. so cool that Chloe knows that that is no way to live!


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