Strike a pose: a power pose, that is!

Holding a power pose for two minutes has been scientifically proven to improve your ability to accomplish an important task, big event, or busy day.

Holding a power pose increases your ability to accomplish things by raising your testosterone (dominance hormone) levels and lowering your cortisol (stress hormone) levels.

Although some, like Dana Carney, no longer believe power posing can actually have an effect on your day, even if it is all in your head, it’s worth it.

Animals take on a power pose when trying to impress a mate as well as in a high stress, dangerous, or defensive situation. This is nonverbal expression of power or dominance that in animals as well as humans (males and females) has been proven to cause positive behavioral changes. In animals as well as humans power poses not only increase feelings of power but also tolerance of risk.

If all it takes is two minutes out of your day to improve your performance ability, why is everyone not doing it?

Maybe on an average Saturday you don’t get up until about noon, roll out of bed for breakfast, and spend the rest of your day watching tv or playing video games. On a day like that, power poses are not necessary. But what about that Saturday you get up early to get your license? What are those two minutes going to make you capable of?

For someone like me, at least, those two minutes could not be spent in a better way.

When I was a freshman, my sister was a freshman in college, her first year from home. I had a hard time with her leaving and having to spend Thursday nights by myself which we had always spent together watching Grey’s Anatomy.

It was the fourth week that we had spent apart and I started watching Grey’s by myself when Amelia Shepherd (my sister’s favorite character) started power posing before performing a difficult surgery.

I immediately get a text from my sister about how we  had to start doing this when we were having a busy day. So since then, every time one of us has a busy day or a crazy test, we text each other promising to set aside two minutes before we leave for class to power pose.

Like I said above even though some doubt the true effects of power posing, even if it is just a mental state change that could increase your performance for me it is still worth it.

There are many stances that are considered “power poses” according to Harvard University’s Professor Amy Cuddy. Any pose that requires you to open up or take up more space than normal is a power pose. A few poses used in Cuddy’s study include “The Wonder Woman,” which has your hands on your hips and chin and chest angled up, and a seated one which is leaning back in a chair with one arm up next to you and man spreading.

As someone who is not superstitious and doesn’t usually believe in this kind of thing, I think power posing really helps me be mentally prepared for a hard day. I think everyone can take two minutes out of their morning routines to power pose before school, work, or whatever they may be doing but I believe just like reading the morning announcements every day, we should power pose at the beginning of our school day or if we have a test in a class that teacher should have their students up their confidence as much as possible with power posing. Due to the fact that power posing has no drawbacks, everyone should know that it is a way to up your performance level.

Like I said above, even though some doubt the true effects of power posing, even if it is just a mental state change that could increase your performance, for me, it is still worth it.

There are many stances that are considered “power poses” according to Harvard University’s Professor Amy Cuddy.

Any pose that requires you to open up or take up more space than normal is a power pose.

A few poses used in Cuddy’s study include “The Wonder Woman,” which has you put your hands on your hips with your chin and chest angled up.

Another is a seated pose, which involves leaning back in a chair with one arm up next to you and engaging in man-spreading.

As someone who is not superstitious and doesn’t usually believe in this kind of thing, I think power posing really helps me mentally prepare for a hard day.

Everyone can take two minutes out of their morning routines to power pose before school, work, or whatever they may be doing.

I believe just like reading the morning announcements every day, we should power pose at the beginning of our school day.

If we have a test in a class, that teacher should have their students up their confidence as much as possible with power posing.

Due to the fact that power posing has no drawbacks, everyone should know that it is a way to up your performance level, increase confidence, and also inspire others to do the same!