Change your posture
“Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you’d like to act.”
Bob Dylan This is an exercise taken from Neuro-linguistic Programming which proclaims that changing your posture also changes your mind. People I tell this to usually think that I’m joking. But before writing this off as nonsense… try it out! When you feel sad and depressed you usually look at the floor, keep your shoulders down, and adapt the posture of a sad person, right? Now try the following just for a moment: stand upright, shoulders up, chest out, and hold your head up high – you can even exaggerate it by looking up. How does it feel? If you smile, laugh and walk with your head held high, you will realize that you feel a lot better. It’s impossible to feel sad walking around like that, isn’t it? And there has been more research conducted on this subject. A study by Brion, Petty, and Wagner in 2009 found that people who were sitting straight had higher selfconfidence than people sitting slumped over! There is also an amazing TED Talk by Amy Cuddy called “Your body language shapes who you are” about the research she did together with Dana Carney at Harvard University. The study has shown that holding “power postures” for 2 minutes creates a 20 percent increase in testosterone (which boosts confidence) and a 25 percent decrease in cortisol (which reduces stress). Imagine this. If you have an important presentation, reunion, or competition, just take on the posture of a confident person for two minutes. Put your hands on your hips and spread your feet (think wonder woman) or lean back in a chair and spread your arms. Hold the posture for at least two minutes…and see what happens!