Being confident and happy goes a long way in a happy, healthy relationship. When you feel good about yourself, your partner feels good. Here is a fun way to start your day and for you to channel your inner superhero.
Have you ever stood in front of a mirror-like Superman with your chest pushed out, your hands on your hips and a side gaze to the sky?
This fun and goofy pose actually might be able to help you with your next job interview or give you the confidence to completely rock your next company presentation.
Amy Cuddy’s research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions of us and even our own body chemistry simply by changing body positions.
Body language not only affects others but it can greatly affect our brains and feelings as well. When we feel sad or depressed we tend to hunch over or ball up, making ourselves as small as possible. But when we feel happy and confident we open ourselves up to more, stand taller and create more space with our bodies.
So by consciously adjusting our bodies to be more in-line with positive feelings, we can alter our presence in a situation and possibly create a more successful outcome.
In your next meeting or interaction with a group of friends, try and pay attention to the body language of everyone. Are the people dominating the conversation sitting up straight, holding their chest forward, creating more space with bodies? Are the quieter people hunching over more, crossing their arms or taking up less space? You will be surprised at what you start to notice and even how you are holding yourself.
How to Become Your Own Superhero
To boost your confidence and mood overall and create a lasting positive presence of yourself try this little experiment for the next few weeks and see how your body language changes.
Every morning before you get ready to start your day, stand somewhere quiet where you won’t be disturbed and strike a Superhero power pose. Hold for 2 minutes. Smile, breathe deeply and think about accomplishing something big in your life. Visualizing a positive action or outcome will help speed up the positive feelings you will feel.
During your daily interactions with friends, co-workers, clients, whoever, try to be aware of your body language and how you are projecting yourself.
Body Language Tips:
- Stand tall – don’t hunch
- Sit up – don’t slouch (like mom used to say)
- Open your chest up
- Keep your arms unfolded
- Breathe slowly and deeply
- Keep your face soft and confident
This little life hack can have a tremendous impact on your life and can help give you the confidence you need to make you feel powerful and in control of your future.