So much is communicated by a single nonverbal gesture. A sigh can communicate relief. A sigh can communicate frustration. A sigh can communicate exhaustion. A sigh can even communicate contentment.
Research has even been done on this simple act that shows how essential “sighs” are to life. They are described as, “an opportunity to restart life,” or “vital to maintain our life cycle in the lungs.” https://exploringyourmind.com/what-our-sighs-communicate/
Today my husband found me sighing on several occasions. He would ask, “what’s wrong?” or “Are you okay?” I didn’t even know that I had let out a noticeable, audible breath. Upon reflection, I suppose I could admit I was tired, or a bit overwhelmed, but also very content.
I found it fascinating that he could interpret my emotions so easily with a single “sigh.” I hadn’t even come to terms with my emotions and here he is, bringing them to my attention, and even analyzing them.
A sigh is a powerful gesture. I will never again underestimate it’s ability.