Confidence: Highly coveted, yet often elusive. We dedicate time and energy to cultivating the feeling so we can tap into it when we need it most: at work, in business meetings, on dates, during tough conversations. Fortunately, there are a few science-backed tricks to get us there (even when we totally don’t feel it).
If you’re feeling less-than-stellar, these simple, actionable tips will help you fake it ’til you make it:
For starters, stand tall.
Tall, correct posture is the hallmark outer sign of confidence — and research shows standing up straight will help you feel it on the inside, too. A study published in the journal Psychological Science showed that a tall, expansive posture helps you act and feel more powerful than more drawn-in stances. As social psychologist and body language researcher Amy Cuddy explains in her TED Talk, your posture can also increase confidence-boosting testosterone in the body and be a potential indicator of success.
Dig out that old rap album.
Getting ready to request a raise or ask someone out on a date? Just press “play.” Researchers from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University found that listening to bass-heavy tunes may have the power to make you feel more confident.
Recall a time you were powerful.