Need a little confidence boost while giving a speech, doing a job interview or asking someone out on a date? Strike a “power pose” beforehand! According to a study in the journal Psychological Science, certain poses raise your body’s level of testosterone in just two minutes, making you feel confident, bold and in charge. Plus, they lower your body’s level of the stress hormone cortisol, so you’re more relaxed. So, what are these power poses? Ones that open up your body and take up lots of space, like standing up straight and putting your hands on your hips, for instance the famous, Wonder Woman pose. By contrast, taking up less space (for instance, by crossing your arms or hunching) makes you feel less confident, the researchers say, so avoid them at all costs!
Surprising way to boost confidence
Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by participating in her fundraiser at MyHormonology.com/28-days-fundraiser.