body language ted talk

What are your hands saying? Just half listened to another interesting TED talk.

Apparently it’s best to shake hands with palms vertically and with equal pressure as it gives the best sense of connection, trust, confidence etc.

When you ask people to do things, it’s best to do it with palm up motions not palms down or finger pointing. Unless there is a fire alarm that is and you need to convey authority by pointing your palms down. Its funny you can even feel the difference in your mood by rotating your palms up and down. Give it a go.

Oh, and put your fingers together to look and feel more confident.

I am reminded of something from C S Lewis’  Screw tape letters were a demon explains to his apprentice that prayer posture matters.

“At the very least, they [the Christian] can be persuaded that the bodily position makes no difference to their prayers; for they constantly forget, what you must always remember, that they are animals and that whatever their bodies do affects their souls” (Letter IV).

Its good to express ourselves to God with our whole bodies not just our words:

Ps. 95:6 – “Oh, come let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.”

Ps. 63:4 – “So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.”

Matthew 15:25 – The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.

Luke 17:16 – He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him

Rev 4:10 – the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever.




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