Episode – 015 Walk Like a Tiger

We’re told that sitting up straight, walking with purpose and flashing a smile are reliable ways to make good first impressions, but when you’re feeling down, or even just tired, it can be difficult to conjure up the spirit to even just smirk. Yet you may find that putting in that little bit of effort is enough to boost your mood. By changing up our body language—posture, expression, etc.—we can not only project who we want to be to others but start to feel that way about ourselves as well.

In this episode, Kelly discusses the evidence linking body language to mood, a very unusual study, and how even altering her posture has changed the way people look at her.

The Finer Details of This Episode:

– A shout-out to Kimberly Eifrid, who wrote in about our recent interview with Lisa Hisscock.

– The studies suggesting outward appearance affects our attitude.

– Boosting your mood by changing up your posture.

– How “walking like a tiger” wowed a cashier and boosted Kelly’s mood

– Coming in December: interviews with a gold medalist and a modern day shaman!

Quotes:

“Just smile and wiggle your butt—it works with most things in life.”

“Our movements and our physical action affects our minds and our emotions.”

“You can literally change your hormones by the way you change your body language.”

“Change your body, change your mind.”

Links:

Amy Cuddy, “Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are” – https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are?language=en

Lumo Lift Posture Coach & Activity Tracker – https://www.lumobodytech.com/lumo-lift-posture-corrector/

More Than a Body homepage – http://www.morethanabody.com/

The Angel Tiger Fit homepage – https://angeltigerfit.com/

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  1. I couldn’t help by change my posture as you were talking. I even happened to pick up my phone right as you were talking about the cell phone hunch and realized how “tucked” I became.

    But most importantly, I realized that when I went to a conference a couple of weeks ago, I went telling myself I was going to own that conference. And it was one of the best conferences I’ve been. To the point that when I got home, I tried to think about why it was different.

    Listening to this podcast, I realize that I had changed my mindset. I told myself that I wasn’t going to worry about my weight. I was going to wear my clothes in confidence. It is what it is right now and I can’t change it for the weekend so just own it. So I’m going to add “own it” to my to do list. (I have to write things down to ensure they get done!)

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  2. Thanks so much for this. Sometimes it just takes a little something to break your cycle of stress and angst. I don’t realize how many hours i barely breath, much less move, due to focus and stress. Amazing how taking a moment to readjust, breath deeply, change your posture – smile and wiggle your butt! – works wonders.

    1. Deborah,

      Thank you so much for the note! You are so right, little things can make a big change. I know I get caught up in the big picture at times and just have to slow, breathe and of course – wiggle :))

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