National Body Language Day

National Body Language Day is a holiday observed on the first Friday in October. This holiday encourages everyone to think about their nonverbal communication. Although most people give a great deal of thought to the words that come out of their mouths, not as many consider what they might be conveying with their bodies.

In some instances, how you hold or move your body can communicate more than what you’re saying with your voice. That’s why we believe this is a holiday that more people should observe to learn more about their physicality and nonverbal communication.

The History of National Body Language Day

National Body Language Day was created in 2018 by Blanca Cobb—one of the foremost body language experts in the world. She is also a keynote speaker, body language coach, author, and media personality. She founded TruthBlazer LLC, a company that provides keynote speaking and training.

Some Interesting Facts About Body Language

We’ve rounded up some interesting facts about body language that we think will interest anyone considering celebrating this holiday. Let’s take a quick look at them before proceeding with the observation of the holiday.

  • Body language is often culturally specific.
  • Being able to read another person’s body language is a sign of social and emotional intelligence.
  • No one, not even experts, can interpret body language with 100% accuracy all the time.
  • Most body language is unconscious.
  • Microexpressions are often more accurate than body language in revealing a speaker’s true feelings.

Observing National Body Language Day

On this holiday, people are encouraged to learn more about body language and how it affects the way they are perceived by others. People can also use the hashtag #NationalBodyLanguageDay to spread the word about this day on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 4 Friday
Next year (2025)
October 3 Friday
Last year (2023)
October 6 Friday
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