Need a surge of confidence today? Stand with your feet apart, fists on your hips, shoulders thrown back and your chin tilted up. It may feel silly, but holding the “Superman pose” for 60 seconds is scientifically proven to boost confidence.
Harvard researchers found that this pose helps reduce the body’s level of stress hormones–cortisol–by 20% and increase the body’s level of confidence hormones–testosterone–by 25%. And the effects are more than just pleasant-feeling: Subjects reported performing better on tests after standing in the pose, as well.
Simple, quick, effective. As easily done in pajamas at home as in a supply closet at work. The only problem may be the name…could we call it the Wonder Woman pose?
OK? Let’s attack this weekend! A few confidence boosters:
- Eight guaranteed ways to boost your confidence (Forbes)
- 25 Inspiring Women Who Changed the Face of Feminism (Harper’s Bazaar)
- This song and this song always get me going (when all else fails, this song)