Change Your Pose, Change Your Life

We all know that we have the power to change our bodies with our minds, but have you ever considered that you can change your mind with your body? I was once exposed to a TED Talk video in which Amy Cuddy reveals how nonverbal expressions not only affect the way others think and feel about us, but also affect the way we think and feel about ourselves. Her presentation demonstrated that lower levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and higher levels of testosterone are common among people who are powerful, i.e. people who are more likely to get hired, get promoted, and be assertive. Further, Cuddy offers scientific evidence demonstrating how we can affect our own cortisol and testosterone levels by changing the positioning of our bodies. This is some powerful knowledge!

We are influenced by our own body language. Specifically, we are influenced by body language expressing power and dominance. It is scientifically proven that power posing for just two minutes lowers cortisol and increases testosterone.

Why not give power posing a try before your next interview or date?

 

 

Lauren Cassis

Lauren Cassis is a 4th year Communication Major at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her love for health and fitness began when she earned her black belt in Taekwondo and went on to become a competitive cheerleader and cross country runner in high school. In her free time she likes running, painting and playing with dogs. Sheis currently an assistant manager for UCSB Arts & Lectures and a member of Gamma Phi Beta.
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