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Why Your Astrology Sign Makes You A Perfect Love Match

Why Your Astrology Sign Makes You A Perfect Love Match

No matter who you are, your astrology sign comes with some great relationship attributes. Maybe the Aries traits in you make you exciting and dazzles everyone around you. Maybe your Pisces traits make you a trustworthy companion that someone cherishes very much.

This is dedicated to the best personality traits of every sign because we’re all worthy of love and the stars explain why.

An Aries in love is an exciting rollercoaster ride

You’re direct and you don’t play mind games because you have the courage to live in truth. People admire this quality along with your genuine, bold manner. Whatever negative qualities there are, you charm your loved ones with your almost childlike enthusiasm for life.

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A Taurus romance is one that comes with trust

Honesty is a quality that is so essential for a relationship to flourish and you have it nailed. You are a kind and warm hearted partner who is anything but boring. While you may need stability, you also deeply love in a romantic way.

A Gemini is the best of two worlds

The Gemini, also known as the twins, are exciting because you’re two people. That makes you really diverse and interesting, capable of shifting yourself from one type to the next. You keep your partner guessing and that keeps a relationship fresh. Both of your sides are compassionate and loving, making it easy to maintain a healthy relationship that never goes stagnant.

A Cancer is a loving and loyal companion

Oh Cancer, you are so worth knowing. They say, that still waters run deep and it’s possible this was written with Cancer in mind. Though you may not show it, people that you love will forever have your loyalty and through time you will show more of yourself. You are often introverted but you love deeply and play for keeps.

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Leo is the king of the jungle for a reason

Leo stands out in a crowd like no other and you’re highly adored by many. If you feel like being in a loving relationship, you’ll have it in no time. The person who wins your heart is eternally lucky because you offer love, excitement and adoration. Your loyalty along with your charismatic nature will make it difficult for partners to get over you.

A Virgo nurtures the ones they love

You are well put together Virgo and attractive to many. You may be able to tame some of the wilder characters out there with your practicality combined with your nurturing nature. You are a kind and gracious person that gets along well with many different types. While you may be better-suited to an equally logical person, you can tame the wild ones and develop a long lasting relationship.

Libra is born to love

Dear Libra, we know it’s important for you to be in a partnership. Thankfully your personality traits associated with Libra include all the attributes that will ensure you’re not alone. You are gracious and fair-minded and because you’re social, it’s easy to meet new people.

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A Scorpio romance is sizzling and intense

The traits associated with Scorpio include loyalty and sensuality. You take your time examining people before you make a decision on who they really are. You’re not easily fooled so while it may take some time to gain your trust and admiration, it’s likely you won’t have the wool pulled over your eyes.

A Sagittarius is a warrior that fights for who they love

Sagittarius, you are a true modern warrior. You say what you think regardless of diplomacy which can be pretty attractive actually. You give a lot of yourself and your character is entertaining, you make people laugh. That sense of humour is what gives people a long lasting impression of you. You can often find yourself in a committed relationship without much effort because you’re a big personality with an alluring nature.

Love with the Capricorn will be full of respect

A Capricorn works hard in any given situation and this includes relationships. You don’t give up on people easily and that kind of dedication is rare. Your way of being can be highly inspirational to someone close to you which makes you a gem in a world of impermanent emotions. You may not be ultra romantic but you are a solid person to be with and can change the wildest at heart into a lamb.

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Aquarians will help you weather any storm

Aquarians, you are said to be well ahead of your time. You are highly interesting and inspiring to people around you and that makes you highly attractive. You are the kind of person that someone will want to spend their life with because you’re gentle and always interesting. You are a great partner to someone who has been through a lot in their life because you’re a born humanitarian.

The multi-faceted Pisces bring excitement to any romance

The Pisces traits make you a dedicated partner that is both logical and artistic. You maintain exciting relationships because you are multi-faceted. Your selflessness makes you a great catch. You can take your pick of suitors because your independence is so attractive.

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Last Updated on January 15, 2021

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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