Body Language is the gesture, posture, and facial expression by which a person manifests various physical, mental, or emotional state.
Body language is important because a large percentage of human communication is non-verbal.
Translating Emotions to Written Body Language
Fear – he whimpered, she huddled in the corner, she cringed, she shuddered, she flinched, he shivered, she trembled, his body shook, he wrapped his arms around himself, she rocked back and forth, she tensed her shoulders, her heart thundered in her chest, she shivered, hugging herself.
Pride - he puffed.., squaring his shoulders, raised his chin.
Sadness – he cried, sobbed uncontrollably, shaking…
Shame – Slump shoulders, bury face in hands
Shock – stare with wide eyes, hands over mouth, freeze, open mouth
Grief – Shake with sobs, slump, tremble, curl into foetal position…
Happiness – laugh, giggle, he chuckled, hum a tune, dance, jump, spin loosely, she bounced on her toes
she jumped up and down.
Pleasure/Desire – his breath quickened, she tilted her head back, slightly parting his lips, she moaned, he gasped
Anticipation – he paced, rubbing his palms, unable to sit still
Impatience – tap fingers on a surface, tap foot…
Disgust – He flinched, crinkling his nose, turning away, squint his eyes shut, almost gaging
Boredom – yawn, slouch…
Tired/Exhausted - he hunched, she slouched, her shoulders sagged, his shoulders slumped,
she wilted, he went limp…
Confused - she scratched her nose, he scratched his head, he massaged his forehead…
Think - he stroked his beard, she chewed on a cuticle
Anger - her hands squeezed into fists, his hands tightened into fists, she clenched her fists, he balled his fists
Curious/Eager – lean forward, wide eyes, hand on heart, nod, she drew nearer, he leaned closer
she inched forward
Thoughtfulness – Furrow brow, steeple fingers
Playfulness – tickle, smile, eyebrows, nudge, wink