The single most effective communication tool on the planet is the human face. Together with your voice and body language, you are uniquely and supremely equipped to communicate and interact with your fellow beings. There is no emotion that cannot be translated and understood through your facial expressions.
These days these fabulous tools are constrained behind a mask intended to keep others, and ourselves, safe and healthy. Wearing a protective mask is a simple task. It also dramatically limits how we use our faces to communicate. People can’t see if we’re smiling or frowning, if we’re friend or foe, interested or disengaged.
Our saving grace? Our eyes. The eyes have it. What is “it”? The window to the soul. We instinctively look first to the eyes to gauge and carry out our interactions.
Do you find yourself avoiding eye contact now that everyone is “hidden” behind a mask? It’s a natural response.