After you—even nervously—assume a confident pose for a meaningful amount of time (studies tested 2 minutes, which was significant enough as you’ll see), your brain will increase your testosterone levels and decrease your cortisol levels. I call this combination the “confidence cocktail,” as lower cortisol makes you calmer and higher testosterone increases your aggressiveness and willingness to take risks. This information comes from a very popular TED Talk by Amy Cuddy.
What to do about it: This is one of the most exciting brain-benders there is. It isn’t a bending of reality as much as it’s your brain changing your reality by altering your hormones!
After standing for two minutes, participants’ testosterone increased by 20% and their cortisol decreased by 25%. Fascinating! Those are significant chemical changes for just two minutes of easy “work!” It’s hard to think of a situation where this couldn’t be used, as confidence is such an integral part of all aspects of life. You can use it for dates, interviews, speeches, and social gatherings.
Prolonged, sustained, excessive stress and your similar response to it, not only causes deterioration of your brain, but it also compromises your immune system; your ability to fight off diseases.
Thousands of years ago, we mostly lived until we either starved, were accidentally poisoned or we were eaten by another animal. Now, we have the distinct ability to slowly kill ourselves over a period of about 80 years with chemical laced foods, too much alcohol and prolonged reaction to stressful events. All are avoidable, if we make the choice to do so.
Unfortunately, most of the people who really need the information in this documentary will never see it and the vast majority who do see it will ignore it. Only those determined to live a quality life for as long as possible will pay attention to this video.
At the present time, 1 in 4 of us will die in a state of dementia or with Alzheimer’s. If you want to increase your odds against that happening, then watch this video, pay attention to it, re-watch it several times and invest in a scientifically proven brain fitness program.
National Geographic documentary followed neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky of Stanford as he studied a baboon troop
over a period of 2-3 decades. The baboons with more stress were found to have shortened telomeres.
When a disease struck the troop from eating infected meat – the most stressed baboons died while the others survived. An interesting side note is that the alpha males were the ones that died. The beta males and females survived. Sapolsky said the supportive bonding of the beta males and females activated the regrowth of telomeres with the enzyme known as telomerase. Stress was the deciding factor of life or death for the troop.
In summary: Stress shortens telomeres, and shortened telomeres can kill you.