Hormonal trick to revving confidence in 2 minutes flat

/Hormonal trick to revving confidence in 2 minutes flat

Hormonal trick to revving confidence in 2 minutes flat

portrait of a young woman standing with arms akimbo in a parkEver wish you could feel more assertive, powerful and confident, for instance, before a big meeting or job interview? You can! All it takes is adopting a “Wonder Woman” pose–where you’re standing up straight with your feet hip-width apart and your hands on your hips–for two minutes straight.
According to research led by Amy J.C. Cuddy, Ph.D., a social psychologist at Harvard Business School, this body posture sends an “I’m powerful” message to the brain, which in turn prompts a 20 percent rise in testosterone (a hormone that boosts feelings of power) and a 25 percent drop in cortisol (a hormone that ratchets up stress). The result: You feel more in control and less stressed.
You can watch an edited-down 6-minute video of Dr. Cuddy explaining why it works–and what other poses prompt higher confidence, too–from a TED talk here. For the full 20-minute version, click here.
By | 2018-04-05T17:59:54+00:00 January 16th, 2014|hormone research, hormonology tip|0 Comments

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Gabrielle Lichterman, founder of Hormonology® and a longtime women’s health journalist, pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and know more about all the ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior. This movement was launched in 2005 with Gabrielle's groundbreaking book, 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential, and her creation of Hormonology®. She offers a variety of tools--including her popular free Hormone Horoscope® app, eBooks, infographics, videos and tips--to share vital information about hormones.

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