Liu Feng Shui Grand View is a philosophy defining 130 factors that affect who you are. This is the twenty-first article in a series presenting all 130 factors. Please refer to the first article for a complete introduction to this series. Today we will discuss Body Language.

Human beings communicate both verbally and non-verbally. Body language is a form of non-verbal communication that is expressed through posture, gestures, facial expressions, and eye movements.

Woman Gesturing IgnoranceThe study of posture and expression is called kinesics. Research shows that more than half of human communication is expressed non-verbally through kinesics. Our body movements indicate and emphasize what we may be unable or unwilling to express in words, aiding the mental effort of communication.

Physical expressions and mannerisms conveyed through body language reveal many things about a person. For example, someone who stands tall and makes eye contact during a conversation conveys confidence and focus, while someone who slouches and stares into space indicates low self-esteem.

Handshakes are often used to gauge another person's sincerity. A handshake that is firm and accompanied by a natural smile will impart a lasting impression of warmth, compared to the less sincere tone imparted by a weak handshake offered with no eye contact.

Whether you are aware of it or not, your body language speaks louder than words. It sends a message to those around you that will be reciprocated, affecting the way you’re treated and regarded. Although body language is almost entirely sent and interpreted subconsciously, it is important to be aware of the messages you send through your mannerisms, as they can boost your reputation or widen the gap of being misunderstood.