Happiness and Sign Language

Did you know that sign language can nourish health and happiness?

Social Anthropologist Edward T. Hall once claimed that over sixty percent of our communication is non-verbal. Now researchers know that what Edward T. Hall said is true and that as little as ten percent of our communication of emotions like happiness is verbal. Frequent studies show humans communicate happiness and other information more by stance, posture, facial expressions, hand gestures than they ever do with words.

Most adults are dependant on verbal language and this dependency is typically only broken out of necessity. Yet learning to understand non-verbal communication opens up a whole new world.

Imagine being able to meet someone who speaks nothing of your native language and you can still communicate with them. This can bring a whole new avenue of happiness into your life. This is possible when you learn sign language.

With a little adjustment due to cultural differences deaf people can communicate across boundaries typically blocked by verbal language differences.

Sign language can also make it possible for parents to communicate with their children at their pre-verbal stage. Children as young as nine months old are able to learn signs for ‘milk’, ‘more’ and ‘ I don’t know’ . Imagine as a parent the relief of knowing that your child is screaming out of hunger instead of you passing time checking for lost toys or a wet diaper. Imagine a world where all children and adults can communicate regardless of country of origin or the presence of a mental or physical challenge.

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