In a study by professor Amy Cuddy, she took two groups and had them either strike a high power pose (Wonder Woman or Superman pose – chest out, hands on hips, legs apart) – or a low power pose (standing closed, legs crossed, arms wrapping your body) for 2 minutes.
The result was that for those in a high power pose, they increased their confidence-inducing testosterone levels by 20% and decreased their stress hormone cortisol by 25%.
The low power pose participants saw an opposite effect. They had a 10% decrease in testosterone and a 15% increase in cortisol.
Having a stressful day? Take 2 minutes to power pose and deep breathe.
I know it’s almost summer when Audio Books sends me their Sync information. This is a summer “reading” program that provides TWO free audiobooks each week from May 7 – August 14. The audiobooks are paired – one classic with one contemporary YA novel. The first one is Beautiful Creatures with the classic Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier. The download is free for the one week, but the audiobooks are yours to keep forever.
For more information on:
The audiobooks this summer: Sync books poster
Hear excerpts of this year’s books here: Soundcloud
For more information on the program, how to promote it to your own students, get the weekly posters to blast out, and/or how to download the Overdrive app, start here.