Want to ace your next big meeting or job interview? Try this two-minute life hack, brought to you by Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist and professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, in a TED Talks presentation. Before entering a stressful situation, spend two minutes in a “high-power pose,” such as the “Wonder Woman” (standing up, legs shoulder-width apart, hands on hips).
Cuddy explains that “our bodies change our minds.” Just as smiling when you aren’t happy can eliminate a bad mood, simply standing in a powerful stance can actually make you feel more confident. Holding a high-power pose can increase your testosterone and lower your cortisol levels, making you more assertive and less stressed.
So the next time you need to pull out a stellar performance, sneak into a bathroom stall, do your best Wonder Woman impression, and meet your challenge with a calm mind (and dry palms).
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