Happiness

The Differences between verbal and non verbal communication

Communication is a regular part of our everyday lives. It is through communication that we are able to express our needs, wants, sentiments and every other emotion or message that we wish to share with others. However, communication is not always limited to what we say but also in how we say them. More often than not, what we don’t say often carries more weight than what we actually said.  An article from Social Mojo reveals that ‘verbal communication has only a 7% impact to your overall communication with 93% is coming from nonverbal communication.  Of this, 55% is body language and 38% tonality.’ Despite this both verbal and nonverbal communication have their own appropriate uses and applications.  Being aware of these will help us better understand the key differences between verbal communication and nonverbal communication.   Mode of Expression The most obvious difference between verbal and non verbal communication is how the messages are conveyed and received.  Verbal communication can be spoken or written and requires the use of words which are heard or read by the recipient of the message. Non-verbal communication is expressed through the speaker’s actions and behaviour in the communication process. These body language, body signals, and mannerism can be observed as follows: Sounds (laughing, snickering, sighing) Body contact (shaking hands, hugs) Facial expressions (smiling, frowning) Eye movements (winking, rolling) Eye Contact Head movements (shaking of the head, nodding) Hand movements (waving, clenched fists) Ways of talking (tone, intonation, pauses, stuttering) Posture (leaning forward, slouching) Uses and Applications Verbal communication is most effectively used in phone calls, text messages, chats and emails. Through verbal communication you are able to convey your message through words. Non-verbal communication is more effective in […]

The Long Term Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Lack of sleep can have serious impacts on our well-being, both in the short and long term. Living in a society where there is just too much work to be done, children to look after, parties to attend, movies to watch and so on, it seems that inadequate sleep is a common problem. When we do not get enough sleep, the short term effects are immediately obvious. For one, we become groggy and unable to focus on our tasks and responsibilities. We also can be grumpy and easily irritated by even the smallest nuances. These effects by themselves are dangerous and scary, but the long term effects of sleep deprivation on our body, mind, and overall health are much more concerning. Sleep Deprivation and Obesity There have been a number of studies conducted on the links between sleep deprivation and weight gain.   There is a strong connection between how much sleep we get and how much weight we gain for the following reasons:   Hunger – When you are tired, you tend to eat more because the body wants to compensate for the energy used whilst staying up all night. Food choices – Sleep-deprived people tend to go for foods which are high in calorie, like processed and junk foods. Energy – If you are tired then you’re less likely to have the energy to exercise and burn off all the fat that you have eaten. All of the above points can contribute to gradual weight gain over a period of time. Sleep Deprivation and Cardiovascular Diseases Long term sleep deprivation is also known to be linked with the development of heart and cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. An article conducted on […]

What is happiness

Happiness: It starts with you What is happiness? This is probably one of the oldest questions of all time – one that has been asked since time began, and one that is still asked today. You would think that with all of our ancient wisdom, revolution and our present technological advances, we would have finally answered this million dollar question.  However the ultimate definition seems to be as elusive as happiness itself.  What we do know is this: Happiness does not come pouring like rain from the outside; instead, it springs forth from within. The Outside World We have been told time and again that true happiness is not brought about by indulging in materialistic desires. Yet, here we are, working regular day jobs and hoping to earn more money in order to buy ‘the next big thing’. This way of life can be attributed to the kind of lifestyle that this generation is brought up in.  A lifestyle of consumerism where people are conditioned to think that the more you have, the happier you are supposed to be. Sure, this indulgence may bring a short respite and joy for the weary and sad, but these effects don’t tend to last long. While you are smiling and laughing, you may feel a pang inside that you just can’t seem to shake off. Even family and friends and those closest to you cannot do anything about this ‘thing’ that we feel.  They may be able to alleviate the emptiness and void, but ultimately it begins and ends with you. It’s All about You Happiness has been defined and explained in so many ways, and one of the most famous and accepted reasonings is that true happiness […]

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