The body language of happiness



  • 1 Extra energy

    When a person becomes happy, they get more energetic. This energy is reflected in their body language. The person moves often and changes their posture in excitement. 

  • 2 Straight back

    When a person becomes happy, their backs become straighter and their posture becomes more upright. Sadness, on the the other hand, results in a curved back. See body language of the back.

  • 3 Confident posture

    Happiness is strongly connected to confidence. When a person feels happy, they feel better about themselves and so they are more likely to have any of the common confidence body language postures.

  • 4 Smiling and laughing

    When a person becomes happy, they are more likely to smile often and to laugh at the slightest thing. Happiness increases the tendency to smile and laugh. See also why some people smile more.

  • 5 Talking more

    When a person becomes happy, they will feel more like talking to others. A happy person usually initiates more conversations and talks more.

  • 6 More focused

    When a person becomes happy, their ability to focus becomes much higher. When a person becomes sad, they get trapped in their own negative thoughts, and so they may fail to concentrate or follow up with others.

  • 7 Walking faster

    When a person becomes happy, they are more likely to walk faster and with wide steps. Sadness, on the other hand, can make the person drag their feet to walk.

  • 8 Open body language

    When a person feels happy, their body language is probably going to be more open and relaxed. The happy person will hardly cross their legs or fold their arms. See also how to have open body language.

  • 9 Smiling with the whole face

    When a happy person smiles or laughs, their whole face will reflect the smile and the smile is also going to last longer than usual.