Can a Pose change Your Happiness?

“Remember, happiness doesn’t depend on who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.” Zig Ziglar

Isn’t this great news! I know it may seem easier to rely on what’s going on out there to give us happiness, but just think about it. If that is the case, we don’t have the same amount of control over the people and events that go on around us. However, if we are the only ones responsible for our own happiness then that is great, because we do have control. It is up to me to monitor and decide what my attitude is going to be in any given moment. I can choose to be like Polyanna and be happy regardless. I can stand up straight, pull my shoulders back and put a smile on my face. This will fool my body into perceiving that it is happy and the resultant hormonal changes will give me that feeling.

I was watching a Ted Talk delivered by Amy Cuddy entitled, “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are.” In this she talks about the research that shows the hormonal changes in the body can be related to how we hold our body. For a long time the conversation was about how we affect others with our body language but this was talking about how we affect ourselves with our body language. The hormonal changes were measured, with testosterone increasing and cortisol, the stress hormone, lowering. So if we are stressed less, we will think more positively and therefore more happily. In the study the ‘testers’ were asked to hold a pose for 2 minutes only, such as standing with their hands on their hips or sitting upright and hands behind the head. Such a simple thing has such a profound effect. Give it a go and see how it works for you without worrying about trying to change the world around you.

Enjoy seeing if you can change your happiness levels with a simple pose!

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