Maggie’s Thought for the Month: Body Language Speaks Louder Than Words

Baby Maggie

Body language tells a lot about a person. Is it safe to assume your body language can predict your outcome in a situation?

Maggie always walked looking straight ahead. Her legs appeared strong, and her stride was as consistent as a pendulum on a grandfather clock.  When she sat on her hind, her front legs were parallel to each other, and her chest was pumped forward. When she looked at you, her brown eyes gave the feeling that she could read your mind, and no one else in the room mattered. If a stranger approached, her back became arched and teeth were visibly clenched. A visit from family or friends gave the okay to show her tummy, and let the tail wag!

Our body language tends to adapt to the situation. At job interviews, we sit up straight with our hands folded. A night with friends may mean feet up on the coffee table, and uncontrollable belly laughs. Walking alone in a parking garage may have us alert and focused; while a stroll along the beach may find one deep in their thoughts- unaware of the people around them.

Whether we are aware at the time or not, someone else is usually observant of our body language. It provides others a ‘gut instinct’ if you are confident, approachable, or having a difficult day. One can often change their mood, and the opinions of others watching you, by changing their body language. Ever notice how politicians give speeches while standing straight, chest pumped, making eye contact with the audience, and using hand gestures to emphasize their focus points?

Maggie never spoke a word, but I always understood how she was feeling. Maybe people should talk less about how they feel, and listen more to the language of their body.


2 thoughts on “Maggie’s Thought for the Month: Body Language Speaks Louder Than Words

  1. Linda Mc Auliffe September 1, 2016 / 9:52 am

    Loved this article! Did you happen to read about the research that is underway to study dogs’ abilities to understand our communications with them-verbal and non-verbal? The results absolutely affirm your main theme in this article and go a step further to suggest that dogs are definitely ‘man’s best friend’ and perhaps the most compassionate as well! They can discern mood as well as compare the tone of our words with what we are saying. Amazing!! Best to you!


    • lindamassucci September 2, 2016 / 11:41 am

      Thank you Lin! Yes, I did see a special on television about how dogs communicate to us. They are so much smarter than we even know. I love all the service dogs I see in stores, and especially in schools.


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