We want you to do something a little, well, weird. Are you in your office? Get up and close the door. Then go back to your chair, put your feet on your desk, clasp your hands behind your head, and nod confidently.
You may feel a little silly at first. But according to new research, this pose increases testosterone (the “power” hormone) and decreases cortisol (the “stress” hormone), so your perception of how capable and strong you are will go up.
If you want the same effect but don’t have your own office, go to the bathroom. Then spread your feet hip-width apart, put your hands on your hips, and crack a grin.
This Happify infographic has tons of science-backed tips for boosting your confidence, from the aforementioned “power poses” to the exact types of songs you should listen to when you’re trying to pump yourself up.