Monday, July 28, 2014

Change Your Posture, Change Your Mind

I saw this TED talk and thought it would be good to share.   “Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.”  

The idea that your body language influences your state of mind gives us all a tool to be more effective.  Dr. Cuddy tested testosterone and cortisol levels, had participants take a power pose or a more submissive or closed pose for 2 minutes and then checked their hormone levels again.   It worked.   People who had used a power pose had higher levels of testosterone and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.  This is an interesting idea that can be used by adults and children. 

Think of all of the times in your own day when you could use some help dealing with stress.  Being more calm and confident might lead to better decisions.   Teachers often take a few minutes to have children use movement to recharge during a school day.  A class of children standing like their favorite super hero could help lead to a super day.

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