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21 Picture Quotes That Encourage You To Live A Fuller Life

21 Picture Quotes That Encourage You To Live A Fuller Life

Live and not merely exist… that’s what this post is all about. Whether you’re 21 or 61 it’s never too late to begin to live, and the same basic rules apply to everyone. As Jack London says, “The proper function of man is to live – not to exist.” This is echoed by Benjamin E. Mays who said, “I believe everyone is born into the world to do something unique and something distinctive.”

Do you know what your purpose is? Are you living by accident or by design? Take a minute or two and think about that.

Follow your effort and it will lead you to your passion and your purpose. Believe in, and think highly of yourself. Be positive and confident; appreciate who you are. Participate in your life instead of just watching it pass you by.

Dream BIG; your thoughts initiate your actions. “Every second that you spend doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself; is a second of your life wasted, is a moment of your life thrown away. It’s not like you have forever, so don’t waste any of your seconds, don’t throw even one of your moments away. – C. JoyBell C.

Change your thinking; conquer your fears… transform your whole world. Strive for victory and prepare to win. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

And to entice you further to do just that, here are 21 picture quotes to encourage you to live a fuller life. Don’t just read them, take action. Live your life to the fullest!

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1. Author Unknown

*Although this quote is attributed to Mother Teresa, the true author is unknown

Life is...Mother Teresa

    2. Steve Maraboli

    Magic in this wonderful life

      3. Norman Vincent Peale

      Believe in yourself

        4. Rose Kennedy

        Life isn't a matter of milestones

          5. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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          The Purpose of Life

            6. Napoleon Hill

            There is one quality that one must possess

              7. Zig Ziglar

              You were born to win

                8. Mark Twain

                The only way to keep your health

                  9. Steve Maraboli

                  Let go

                    10. Will Smith

                    Don't chase people

                      11. Tony Robbins

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                      Live life fully

                        12. Oprah Winfrey

                        Be thankful

                          13. Brian Tracy

                          All successful people

                            14. Saint Augustine

                            The world is a book

                              15. Jim Rohn

                              Average of the 5 people

                                16. Milton Berle

                                If opportunity doesn't knock

                                  17. Les Brown

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                                  Shoot for the moon

                                    18. Steve Jobs

                                    Love what you do

                                      19. Doe Zantamata

                                      We believe what we tell ourselves

                                        20. George Bernard Shaw

                                        A life spent making mistakes

                                          21. Jack Kornfield

                                          At the end of life

                                            Featured photo credit: The Tragedy of Life via runningyourlife.nl

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                                            7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

                                            7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

                                            The popular idiomatic saying that “actions speak louder than words” has been around for centuries, but even to this day, most people struggle with at least one area of nonverbal communication. Consequently, many of us aspire to have more confident body language but don’t have the knowledge and tools necessary to change what are largely unconscious behaviors.

                                            Given that others’ perceptions of our competence and confidence are predominantly influenced by what we do with our faces and bodies, it’s important to develop greater self-awareness and consciously practice better posture, stance, eye contact, facial expressions, hand movements, and other aspects of body language.

                                            Posture

                                            First things first: how is your posture? Let’s start with a quick self-assessment of your body.

                                            • Are your shoulders slumped over or rolled back in an upright posture?
                                            • When you stand up, do you evenly distribute your weight or lean excessively to one side?
                                            • Does your natural stance place your feet relatively shoulder-width apart or are your feet and legs close together in a closed-off position?
                                            • When you sit, does your lower back protrude out in a slumped position or maintain a straight, spine-friendly posture in your seat?

                                            All of these are important considerations to make when evaluating and improving your posture and stance, which will lead to more confident body language over time. If you routinely struggle with maintaining good posture, consider buying a posture trainer/corrector, consulting a chiropractor or physical therapist, stretching daily, and strengthening both your core and back muscles.

                                            Facial Expressions

                                            Are you prone to any of the following in personal or professional settings?

                                            • Bruxism (tight, clenched jaw or grinding teeth)
                                            • Frowning and/or furrowing brows
                                            • Avoiding direct eye contact and/or staring at the ground

                                            If you answered “yes” to any of these, then let’s start by examining various ways in which you can project confident body language through your facial expressions.

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                                            1. Understand How Others Perceive Your Facial Expressions

                                            A December 2020 study by UC Berkeley and Google researchers utilized a deep neural network to analyze facial expressions in six million YouTube clips representing people from over 140 countries. The study found that, despite socio-cultural differences, people around the world tended to use about 70% of the same facial expressions in response to different emotional stimuli and situations.[1]

                                            The study’s researchers also published a fascinating interactive map to demonstrate how their machine learning technology assessed various facial expressions and determined subtle differences in emotional responses.

                                            This study highlights the social importance of facial expressions because whether or not we’re consciously aware of them—by gazing into a mirror or your screen on a video conferencing platform—how we present our faces to others can have tremendous impacts on their perceptions of us, our confidence, and our emotional states. This awareness is the essential first step towards

                                            2. Relax Your Face

                                            New research on bruxism and facial tension found the stresses and anxieties of Covid-19 lockdowns led to considerable increases in orofacial pain, jaw-clenching, and teeth grinding, particularly among women.[2]

                                            The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans alone have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ syndrome), and facial tension can lead to other complications such as insomnia, wrinkles, dry skin, and dark, puffy bags under your eyes.[3])

                                            To avoid these unpleasant outcomes, start practicing progressive muscle relaxation techniques and taking breaks more frequently throughout the day to moderate facial tension.[4] You should also try out some biofeedback techniques to enhance your awareness of involuntary bodily processes like facial tension and achieve more confident body language as a result.[5]

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                                            3. Improve Your Eye Contact

                                            Did you know there’s an entire subfield of kinesic communication research dedicated to eye movements and behaviors called oculesics?[6] It refers to various communication behaviors including direct eye contact, averting one’s gaze, pupil dilation/constriction, and even frequency of blinking. All of these qualities can shape how other people perceive you, which means that eye contact is yet another area of nonverbal body language that we should be more mindful of in social interactions.

                                            The ideal type (direct/indirect) and duration of eye contact depends on a variety of factors, such as cultural setting, differences in power/authority/age between the parties involved, and communication context. Research has shown that differences in the effects of eye contact are particularly prominent when comparing East Asian and Western European/North American cultures.[7]

                                            To improve your eye contact with others, strive to maintain consistent contact for at least 3 to 4 seconds at a time, consciously consider where you’re looking while listening to someone else, and practice eye contact as much as possible (as strange as this may seem in the beginning, it’s the best way to improve).

                                            3. Smile More

                                            There are many benefits to smiling and laughing, and when it comes to working on more confident body language, this is an area that should be fun, low-stakes, and relatively stress-free.

                                            Smiling is associated with the “happiness chemical” dopamine and the mood-stabilizing hormone, serotonin. Many empirical studies have shown that smiling generally leads to positive outcomes for the person smiling, and further research has shown that smiling can influence listeners’ perceptions of our confidence and trustworthiness as well.

                                            4. Hand Gestures

                                            Similar to facial expressions and posture, what you do with your hands while speaking or listening in a conversation can significantly influence others’ perceptions of you in positive or negative ways.

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                                            It’s undoubtedly challenging to consciously account for all of your nonverbal signals while simultaneously trying to stay engaged with the verbal part of the discussion, but putting in the effort to develop more bodily awareness now will make it much easier to unconsciously project more confident body language later on.

                                            5. Enhance Your Handshake

                                            In the article, “An Anthropology of the Handshake,” University of Copenhagen social anthropology professor Bjarke Oxlund assessed the future of handshaking in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic:[8]

                                            “Handshakes not only vary in function and meaning but do so according to social context, situation and scale. . . a public discussion should ensue on the advantages and disadvantages of holding on to the tradition of shaking hands as the conventional gesture of greeting and leave-taking in a variety of circumstances.”

                                            It’s too early to determine some of the ways in which Covid-19 has permanently changed our social norms and professional etiquette standards, but it’s reasonable to assume that handshaking may retain its importance in American society even after this pandemic. To practice more confident body language in the meantime, the video on the science of the perfect handshake below explains what you need to know.

                                            6. Complement Your Verbals With Hand Gestures

                                            As you know by now, confident communication involves so much more than simply smiling more or sounding like you know what you’re talking about. What you do with your hands can be particularly influential in how others perceive you, whether you’re fidgeting with an object, clenching your fists, hiding your hands in your pockets, or calmly gesturing to emphasize important points you’re discussing.

                                            Social psychology researchers have found that “iconic gestures”—hand movements that appear to be meaningfully related to the speaker’s verbal content—can have profound impacts on listeners’ information retention. In other words, people are more likely to engage with you and remember more of what you said when you speak with complementary hand gestures instead of just your voice.[9]

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                                            Further research on hand gestures has shown that even your choice of the left or right hand for gesturing can influence your ability to clearly convey information to listeners, which supports the notion that more confident body language is readily achievable through greater self-awareness and deliberate nonverbal actions.[10]

                                            Final Takeaways

                                            Developing better posture, enhancing your facial expressiveness, and practicing hand gestures can vastly improve your communication with other people. At first, it will be challenging to consciously practice nonverbal behaviors that many of us are accustomed to performing daily without thinking about them.

                                            If you ever feel discouraged, however, remember that there’s no downside to consistently putting in just a little more time and effort to increase your bodily awareness. With the tips and strategies above, you’ll be well on your way to embracing more confident body language and amplifying others’ perceptions of you in no time.

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                                            Featured photo credit: Maria Lupan via unsplash.com

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