7 Ways to Boost Your Confidence Using Your Body Language


7 Ways to Boost Your Confidence Using Your Body Language

By Jessica Waite


In a now-famous TED Talk, Amy Cuddy explains how taking on a power stance for just two minutes can lower cortisol (the stress hormone) and raise testosterone (a hormone associated with power) enough to put you through a stressful situation. Cuddy encourages listeners not to fake it ‘til they make it, but to fake it ‘til they become it. What is “it”? Confident.

Here at The Know, we’ve compiled a list of 7 ways to boost your confidence using your body language. Looks like it's time to strike your power pose.

1. Adopt a power stance before a big event.

Stand in a victory pose or the Wonder Woman pose for two minutes in a bathroom stall or secluded hallway before giving a speech or going into a job interview. The change in hormones could be what it takes to push you from “okay” to “excellent.”

2. Sit up straight.

Hunching over, clutching your arms, or rubbing your neck are all signs of intimidation. You recognize this body language in other people, and your body recognizes it in you. Start sitting up straight to tell your body that you’re confident and it will listen.

3. Smile more

Research is uncertain, but smiling may boost your mood, and a happier you is a more confident you. Give it a try and see if smiling puts a certain spring in your step.

4. Keep your hands out of your pockets.

Making yourself small gives off the impression that you’re trying to hide. Keep your hands out in the open to appear honest and confident. Your brain will catch up with your body language soon enough.

5. Try not to fidget.

Fidgeting is a sign of nervousness. Exuding calm body language can calm you down and help you appear more confident.

6. Don’t cross your arms.

Crossing your arms over your chest appears aggressive or closed off. Hands on your hips or by your sides are better ways of exuding a calm, cool vibe that your body will pick up on.

7. Look people in the eye when you talk to them.

Good eye contact paired with a smile exudes confidence. The added benefit of successful social interaction will also boost your mood. Claps for poses with double benefits.

There are plenty of other ways to fake confidence until you become confident. For more inspiration, think about people you admire and the way you interpret their body language. Try watching a speech or a TED talk with the volume turned off and see what you pick up. Soon enough, you’ll be an expert on body language and hey - that’ll make you feel confident!

Photo: courtesy of Wonder Woman

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