Compiled here is a list of visual cues people generally give as to what mood they're feeling; use it to help yourself write body language! Many characters also have particular quirks that you can use, once established, to easily show what they feel. ie: A character who cannot lie because she giggles uncontrollably when she's nervous A character who reverts to a childlike vocabulary when happy A character who only swears when really, truly, boiling-over angry SOME CHARACTERS HIDE THEIR EMOTIONS Which can be a cue, of itself. People who hide their emotions normally tend to become nearly robotic when they have to work extra hard to hide a strong one. Faye drops contractions in her speech when she is uncomfortable ('I do not think that is all right' vs 'I don't think that's ok'). But otherwise gives no indicators. Hawkeye used graveyard humour to help himself cope with the sadness and anger of a war zone, you could tell he was REALLY upset when he stopped kidding around. Many 'cool guys/girls' tend to try even HARDER to act relaxed and at ease when they are feeling angry, frustrated, or nervous. Some characters use a 'poker face' as a protection mechanism, and will act as blank and expressionless as they can to hide sadness or fear. ANGER/FRUSTRATION CUES Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Gets into personal space Prolonged eye contact Fists Frown Flushed Baring teeth Growling Lower eyebrows Narrowing eyes Tight jaws Hands on hips Impatient gestures (drumming fingers, tapping a finger, etc) Rough handling any items in hand Pacing/can't sit still Hunched over/closed posture Destructive fidgeting (tearing paper up, etc) Vocal volume change Harsh vocabulary Irrational Exaggerations SADNESS CUES Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Avoid eye contact Tears Lowered/sloped eyebrows Frown Pursed lips Flushed hugs self/holds arms Crossed arms Crossed legs Seeks out comforting items Stomach tightens Bites lip Feel hot Slouching/Drooping posture (closed) Attempts to hide face EXCITEMENT/ANXIETY CUES Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Nervous giggling/laughter "Butterflies in the stomach" Pain in the stomach/abdomen Stress headaches Nail biting Lip biting Finger drumming/tapping Playing with hair Obsessing over details Fidgeting Headaches Pacing/can't sit still Light flushing or blushing 'bouncing' from foot to foot Skipping Talking to one's self Shaking Inability to concentrate Runaway imagination Moodiness/switching emotions quickly Energetic, followed by a crash FEAR CUES Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Eyes widen Pale complexion Stammering/difficulty speaking fluently Memory loss Inability to concentrate/carry on a task "Butterfingers" Weakness in the knees Shaking Covering the mouth Avoid eye contact/looking away Keeps distance Freezing up or jolt of adrenaline Reduced vocabulary HAPPINESS CUES Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Smiles Giggles/chuckling Light flush or blush Open posture Eye contact Keeps close Wandering imagination Renewed energy Skipping Bouncing Clapping Please feel free to post things to add on!