In her research, Harvard professor and sociologist, Amy Cuddy, discovered that posture has a direct impact on confidence levels and key hormones like testosterone and cortisol. Even if we don’t have confidence in ourselves mentally, how we hold ourselves physically can cause a boost in confidence. By simply making a practice of holding certain “power” or confident postures, it’s possible to permanently improves one’s confidence and success.
In one study, Cuddy divided participants into two groups. She had members of one group hold “power postures,” arms open, hands on hips, and expansive body language, for several minutes, while members of the other group held “weak postures,” arms and legs crossed, heads down, etc. After only a few minutes the group that held power postures experienced a 20% increase in testosterone and a 25% decrease in cortisol (the stress hormone). By contrast, the group that held weak postures experienced a 10% decrease in testosterone and a 15% increase in cortisol levels. Cuddy’s studies also found that people who held power poses before a job interview increased their likelihood of being hired.
Improve your health and life by practicing expansive, open, and confident posture. The benefits of good posture far surpass just maintaining a healthy spine. Learn more by watching Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk:
Originally posted 2013-09-11 13:06:31.