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13 Signs You Will Die Happy

13 Signs You Will Die Happy

Although many people fear death and dying, what they really fear is not knowing whether or not they will die happy.  There are many things that you do throughout your life that could be what makes up that difference. Here, you will learn about 13 signs that you are likely to die happy.

1. You Are 100% Honest With Yourself

What many people don’t realize is that ‘honesty is the best policy.’ Not only is it important to be honest with other people in your day-to-day interactions, but it’s important for you to be honest with yourself. In fact, you are the most important person to be honest with. Having the ability to be honest with yourself will allow you to live life openly and freely, assuring you die happy.

2. You Do Your Best All the Time

It’s true that you’re not always going to win in life. There are days that just aren’t going to go your way, but knowing that you’ve done your absolute best to complete a task, or to help others, or whatever it is you do in life, is also assurance that you will die happy.

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3. You Work To Overcome Your Fears

Everybody fears something at some point in their life. Having the ability to overcome your fears is another sign that you will die happy. Whether you’re afraid of the dark, and you spend 5 minutes per day in it, or you’re afraid of heights, and you climb a two story ladder and look down, you’ve accomplished something, and that’s why you will die happy.

4. You Embrace Life Through Both Happiness & Misery

Not every day is going to be a great day. You will have bad days. You will have days that you just don’t think you’ll ever make it through. However, if you can overcome those negative feelings and embrace the day you have been given – whether bad or good – you will die happy.

5. You Create Happiness in Others Through Kindness

Another sign that you’ll die happy is that you are a kind person. Being kind helps create happiness for others, which in turn, creates happiness for yourself.

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6. You Appreciate Your Loved Ones

Many times people take for granted the people closest to them. If you want to die happy, you’ll need to turn your life around and start appreciating the people you love. Make a point to say thank you, please, and I love you on a regular basis. Ask their thoughts, opinions, and just let them know you’re there.

7. You Appreciate What You Have

If you automatically think about material things, you’re not on the right track to die happy. Those who appreciate the finer things in life – family, loved ones, friends, a job, and more are the ones who can assure they will die happy.

8. You Forgive Yourself

Even if you do your best and try to bring happiness to others, and are completely honest with yourself, you will still make mistakes. Allowing yourself to forgive yourself will ensure that you die happy.

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9. You Live a Fulfilling Life

If you try new things, embrace what you have, and enjoy each and every day, you live a fulfilling life. It is those who seek and strive to do meaningful things day in and day out, and those are the ones who will die happy

10. You Forgive Those That Hurt You

Forgiveness is a difficult thing. This is especially true when someone hurts you, particularly those you love the most. However, in order to die a happy person, you need to find it in your heart to forgive them for what they have done to you, no matter how difficult that may be.

11. You Accomplish Your Goals & Dreams

Everybody sets goals for themselves and has dreams. Those who actually work hard to achieve those goals and experience their dreams will die happy individuals.

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12. You Let Love into Your Heart

Love is an amazing feeling, although often indescribable. Although many people say they don’t need love, they are indeed wrong and unaware of the love they do feel. Whether it’s loving your family, your friends, your spouse, or your children, or even your pets, everyone experiences love. Allowing love into your heart will help you be able to die happy.

13. You Let Others Love You

Just as it is important for you to love others, it is equally important for you to let others love you. Being a genuinely nice person, offering help, loving, and caring for others will allow them to love you in return. Being able to be loved, cared about, and thought about regularly will help you die a happy person.

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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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