458876835 (2)I’m assuming you’re probably watching this video on your computer or phone while you are sitting down. Take a moment to evaluate your posture. How are you sitting? Are your shoulders slouched forward? Is your back hunched? Most likely you’re watching this in your habitual posture—which probably isn’t good.

Research shows that confidence actually begins with posture. When you sit (or stand) up straight, your brain gets a signal that it’s confident, and, in turn, you might make more confident choices. This signal releases a whole cascade of chemicals that build confidence. Specifically, you’ll increase testosterone and decrease the stress hormone, cortisol.

Your posture affects how you see yourself as well as how others see you. Let’s say you were going to a big job interview. During your interview you’re slumped down and slouching. How do you think your interviewer perceives you? Sadly, they most likely will find you less confident and incapable of doing the job. A simple shift in the way you’re sitting or standing is all it takes to look and feel more confident.8217468824

Make sure that your diaphragm is opened up, your shoulders are pulled back and your spine is in correct alignment. I like to use my handy BackJoy seat to help me put myself in correct posture.

The good news is that by sitting right, you can be more confident at work, home—anywhere! Right now I am sitting up straight at my desk. Later I will carry this posture mo-jo while driving home from work and even on to the dinner table tonight.

Remember—every day you have the ability to gain confidence through proper posture. Better posture means more good chemicals, less bad chemicals and a whole lot of confidence. Sit up straight and “Get Your Awesome On!” today!

IMG_7034e-5About: Dr. James Rouse is a naturopathic doctor and expert in functional and lifestyle medicine. An author of nine books, host and founder of Optimum Wellness Media, and Ironman triathlete, James has coached Fortune 50 and 500 companies, MLB and NFL teams, several branches of US Government and consults for companies including BackJoy, SKOOP and Kroger Grocery. He has shared his message to audiences in the US, Europe and Asia.