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The power of Chi Kung

Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do,” a view shared by thinkers such as Confucius, who taught that the importance of rituals lies in how they inculcate a certain sensibility in a person.

In research published in Psychological Science, social psychologist Ann Cuddy and her colleagues found that when we take a power stance (stand with our legs apart, arms thrust out, taking up space – the Chi Kung Tree stance), the pose does not only cause other people to view us as more confident and powerful; it actually causes a hormonal surge that makes us become more confident.

From: Why Are Hundreds of Harvard Students Studying Ancient Chinese Philosophy?
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