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

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

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

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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.

Listen to bass-heavy tunes

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

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.

Indulge in your morning ritual

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

Choose your outfits wisely

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

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 their best selves.

Stretch those muscles

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

Brush up on your Spanish

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

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Listen to bass-heavy music

Bass-heavy music can actually trick your mind into feeling more confident.

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Groom yourself

Making yourself more pleasing to your own eyes can make you feel more confident.

When you need some extra confidence, head to a mirror and apply some makeup, fix your hair and otherwise tidy up your appearance a bit.

Take a "power posture"

Our posture can have a significant effect on our internal dialogue.

A "power posture" pose, held for several seconds to several minutes, can increase your confidence in almost any situation.

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Time for yourself

According to experts, choosing to spend time by yourself can help your social relationships. Solitude can also help you regulate your emotions. It can have a calming effect that prepares you to bet...

Take time to be idle

Being overly busy with long to-do lists has become a way to communicate status. Although being busy is not a real status indicator, the impact is real and it contributes to burnout, anxiety and stress-related diseases.

Doing nothing can be a great productivity tool for recharging.

Casual friendships

Having weak ties (neighbors, your favorite bartender, or fellow members in a spin class) can have a positive impact on our well-being by helping us feel more connected to other social groups.

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Thin-Slicing
Studies have found that we not only decide if we like someone in the first few seconds, but also that the first impression stays with us.

Thin-slicing is when we take a mental snapshot of someone...

Self-Evaluation

Choose ONE word from this list of adjectives or pick your own to fill in the blank. When people first meet me, they think I am_____

  • Charismatic or boring
  • Outgoing or shy
  • Kind or judgmental
  • Intelligent or weird
  • Open or closed
  • Powerful or weak
  • Engaging or odd
  • Professional or casual

Did you pick a positive word? Or a negative word? You have to know where you stand now to move to where you want to be.

Ideal Firsts
How can you ensure people are judging you accurately and also seeing your best side? 

The most important thing to do for giving a good impression is to set your intention. Right now pick your ideal first impression word. When people first meet me, I want them to see me as_______.

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