The Secrets of Body Language

The Secrets of Body Language
The Secrets of Body Language

Hey GirlMoguls, it’s Poppy here. I thought today I’d talk a little about body language – that’s when what you to with your body tells a story just as much as what you’re saying – sometimes body language will even reveal what you’re really feeling or thinking, even if you’re words are saying something totally different.  Like if you’re totally bummed out your mom had to cancel your latest trip to the museum because of work, but you tell her it’s ok so you don’t hurt her feelings.  Your words might be saying, it’s ok, but your body could be telling a whole other story.

So there’s actually scientist who study body language and they’ve found that the reason our bodies can’t lie – even if we’re saying something different, is because of our physical reactions to something.

Here’s a rundown of some common situations where body language may help you decode the full story….

Guilty or Nervous – Maybe you’ve seen it movies or cop shows.  A suspect sits in a room under a bright light while the good cop and bad cop goes to work.  They tell the suspect we know you did. The suspect looks guilty – she’s crossing her legs and kicks her foot up and down.  The cops keep badgering her, but then find out she has the perfect alibi.  Turns out that she was just nervous – not guilty.

So what should you do if you ever find yourself accuses of something you didn’t do – like making breaking your mom’s favorite vase or cheating on a quiz – well don’t let your nerves make you guilty.   You’ll want to calm those nerves and project innocence by sitting still.  Keep your knees been and cross your legs at the ankles. Don’t kick or fidget and you’ll look like one cool – and innocent customer.

Stand and Deliver – You just got a chance to be a counselor in training at summer camp. You’re talking to the director and you think you’ve just about sealed the deal.  Not only will you get to hang with your friends all summer, you’ll pocket some cash and get to play all day – what could be better.  But wait, the camp director has just paused and put her finger together to forms a steeple.  What could be coming?  Well – she’s probably about to ask a serious question where the answer is pretty darn important – like if you really have enough experience to handle a busload of kids on a sugar high…So what do you do if you really want the job?

Stand up tall and straight, don’t fidget or fiddle, and channel your inner superhero – look confident and you’ll feel confident and guess what – you’ll sound super grown up and mature (and confident) when you answer the question.    And hey – this trick works when you’re trying to convince your parents that you really, really need the new microscope from ScienceWorld to finish up your algae facial research – or whatever else you might be jonesing to do – like go to the movies on your own….

Fiddle-Faddle – You’re the new girl in school and you’ve picked out your outfit, down to the cute necklace.  You take a deep breath, enter the classrom and find your hand straying up to your favorite lucky charm necklace.  You touch it, feel the charm and instantly feel so much better, you keep playing with as you try to find a seat.  So do you look cool, calm and confident, ready to own the school?  Or are you projecting insecurity and nervousness?  Umm, if you guess insecure and shy, you’re right.  Fiddling and fidgeting – either with your legs, hands or some piece of jewelry is a dead giveaway that you’re a bundle of nerves.  So if you want to appear cool, calm and confident remember these three things – Stand up straight, Don’t Fidget, and smile.  You’ll look totally awesome and put together and people will smile back – and soon you’ll be making friends left and right.

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What is the Environment

Backyard Environment
Backyard Environment

Hey GirlMoguls – it’s Earth Girl Poppy again.  As a scientist and a nature lover, you know that I care about the environment and what we can do to preserve – after all while you live in your house, we all live together on a great big house – called Earth.  And on the Earth – we have the environment.  But just what is the environment?  Its all living and nonliving things on Earth.  Outside this means trees, grass, insects, birds, clouds and the wind.  Inside, like in your house your environment includes houseplants, pets, family and even your furniture.

For animals, depending on their size, their environment could be as small as a rotten log for a beetle, or a backyard for a rabbit. For a fish, your environment is a your stream or pond – which  is why its important to keep those – and even our backyard clean – it may not seem like a lot, but many animals depend on just a small amount of outdoor space for their whole lives.

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Why I Think Science Girls are the Coolest

WHY I THINK SCIENCE GIRLS ARE THE COOLEST
(AND THE REST OF US ARE PRETTY COOL, TOO)
By Robin Brande

Author Robin Brande
Author Robin Brande

Let me be clear: I did not grow up a science girl. I grew up a drama, music, writing girl. I found science boring—something to get through so I could go back to reading about magic and horses and girl detectives and whatever else took my fancy any particular week.

But somewhere along the way, I realized that science is actually MUCH more exciting than some of the fantasy worlds out there. As much as I love stories like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter (and I really do love those), I’ve noticed that I get just as excited about the real life possibilities being shown to us by scientists around the world.

I love to know that someone is studying South American spiders, and someone else is trying to figure out black holes in space, and yet another person is investigating the bone fragments left by our earliest ancestors. What a vast and endlessly exciting world and universe we have! There’s so much to know about it, we could all spend lifetime after lifetime just picking one topic at a time and really trying to understand it. I love that there’s so much to know—and that we still don’t know everything. What a fun prospect that we’ll never run out of things to wonder about.

So when I write about science in my books—and about girl scientists in particular—I feel like I’m getting to live the life of a scientist myself, and explore some aspect of the natural world that I’m curious about. In my newest novel, FAT CAT, the main character is a high school science genius who decides to make herself her own science experiment, and try living like a prehistoric woman for a while.

And because I want my books to be as realistic as possible, I made sure I did the experiment right along with Cat so I’d know how to write about what she was going through. Yow. SO hard sometimes. Think about how different your life would be if you had to give up all modern foods, all modern conveniences, all modern technology. Think you could do it? You’ll see in FAT CAT what some of the problems are, but also what a lot of the pleasures are in returning to a simpler life. You’ll also see what happens when a girl changes so much she starts getting the attention of people who never would have noticed her before. It sounds like it might be fun, but that’s not always so easy, either.

So yes, I have a particular fondness for science girls. I just think what they do is so cool. If you’re already a science girl, I applaud you. I admire your intelligence and creativity. I love that you’re going to go out there and make new discoveries that will fascinate the rest of us and will improve our lives and the health of this planet and everything on it.

And for those of you who might be like I was, more interested in reading and writing and putting on skits and playing music—we could sure use more of you, too! One thing I feel very sure about is that whatever our true natures are—whether we’re drawn to art or to sports or to science or to computers or whatever it is that gets us excited every day—there is a need in this world for exactly us. There’s no point in wishing you were more like someone else, because that person has her own role to play. I want to see what YOU have to offer in this world. I want to enjoy what gifts YOU have to bring. So whatever you do best, please keep doing it. We’ll all benefit from each of you pursuing what you feel most passionate about.

And who knows: The day may come when you think, “I’ve had a really great time being a dancer, but now I’d also like to do something with math.” Or “Enough of being a doctor—what I really want to do now is paint.” Great. Go for it. Life is long. The more things we’re interested in, the more fun we can have this year and next year and ten years from now. And we’re not the only ones who benefit—the more things we do well, the more we have to offer this world and our fellow humans.

Take me, for instance. I used to be a lawyer. Then I was a teacher. Then I ran a business. Then I became an outdoor adventurer and a yoga instructor and a lot of other things. And now I’m a novelist. I’m glad I got to do every single one of those activities, because they all added up to the interesting and happy life I have right now. And I hope that all the different experiences I’ve had help me make my novels better. The more adventures I’ve had, the more I have to write about.

So here’s my message to you, whether you’re a science girl or a writing girl or someone who would rather play soccer than read a book: whatever you are right now, be it. Whatever you want to be tomorrow, be it. The more we’re all willing to be the best versions of ourselves we can think of, the better this world will be. And if you’re ever worried that you don’t know what you should be doing next, remember that you actually do know. It’s whatever gets you excited. It’s whatever interests you and makes you want to spend time doing it even when no one else is making you. That’s the truest test I can think of, and one that I return to any time I’m stuck.
Have faith in yourself and go be your own particular version of you. The rest of us can’t wait to see what you do!

Be sure to check out her blog at http://robinbrande.com/