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How the Korean art of 'nunchi' could change your life

Author Euny Hong tells us about her new book, "The Power of Nunchi". Describing it as a Korean "superpower", she says nunchi is the power to read a room in seconds, to gauge people's thoughts and feelings, and to interact with the world in a way that will help you get the most out of it. One of the biggest blocks to nunchi, she says, is the smartphone: As people become increasingly afraid of silence they are quick to distract themselves and miss out on vital signals and information.

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Hong says nunchi is an integral part of Korean life and that body language and gestures there take on a whole new meaning. When North Korea's Kim Jong-un met with South Korea's Moon Jae-in, for many Koreans the most important thing to look for was the pace at which they ate their noodles – a sign that they were on an equal footing.

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