This may sound strange, but I didn’t appreciate the importance of facial expressions until my wife and I started studying sign language.
Some of my wife’s clients and some of our friends are Deaf. When we heard that an ASL (American Sign Language) class was being offered at our church, we jumped at the chance to become better communicators, and to learn more about Deaf culture.
One of the things that surprised me about communicating through sign language is that it’s best to focus on the other signer’s face, while reading the signs with your peripheral vision.
Because so much is communicated through our faces.
Want a better idea of how important facial expressions are? Watch here as Joshua Holmgren signs along with one of my favorite songs, Drift Away by Dobie Gray.
Isn’t it amazing how much he communicates just through his face?
Have you ever thought about what you might be saying – or not saying - through your own facial expressions? How many people you could affect with nothing more than a sincere smile?
Today, if you’re happy and you know it, tell your face.
And if anyone asks, just tell them that you’re working on your sign language.