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8 Scientifically-Backed Ways To Feel More Confident (Even When You're Not)

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8 Scientifically-Backed Ways To Feel More Confident (Even When You're Not)
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).

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Stand tall

A tall, correct posture is the outer sign of confidence.

A study showed that a tall, expansive posture helps you feel and consequently act more powerful than more drawn-in stances.

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Listen to bass-heavy tunes

Researchers found that listening to bass-heavy tunes may have the ability to make you feel more confident.

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Recall a time you were powerful

Remember the small moments where you were confident. It can make you feel (and as a result, act) more confident.

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Indulge in your morning ritual

Those first few moments when you put yourself together in the morning can bring a surge of self-confidence.

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Choose your outfits wisely

Studies suggest that what you're wearing can have a direct effect on how secure and powerful you feel.

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Channel your favorite celeb

One study found that when people with waning self-esteem wrote down positive qualities they see in their favorite same-sex celebrities and themselves, they felt much more compelled to become t...

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Stretch those muscles

Stretching your muscles can lead to good posture, better blood flow, and ultimately more confidence.

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Brush up on your Spanish

Learning a new language or sharpening other cognitive skills can boost your life satisfaction in a similar...

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Take a "power posture"

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Stepping in the unknown

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