Everyone loves an inspirational TED Talk. It is sort of amazing how strangers and their ideas can make us feel empowered, changed or moved in some way or another. While there are thousands and thousands of TED Talks out there, we always manage to come back to a select few. Whether it’s in the office, in the classroom or on the field, TED Talks seem to be one the most widely used (and successful) methods of connection and education. Relatability comes easy when we realize how common and alike those people on the screen are to those of us watching. That is why, this week, we’ve chosen to follow suit and use one of TED Talks most popular Talks to discuss the use of “positive action” in lieu of positive thinking.

Amy Cuddy’s “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” TED Talk has received over 27 million views since its origin in 2012 and is the second most viewed TED Talk, ever. To summarize, Amy discusses how our body movements and facial expressions actually conduct and navigate our emotions, not the other way around. Cuddy doesn’t give this example but we love to think about this concept in some of the most fundamental ways at Just Be. After all, we’re here to give you realistic and applicable tips and tricks for everyday life. So, here’s our example: Spiders are probably one of the world’s least liked co-inhabitants. Even small house spiders can make grown people cringe and jump. Are you really sure what causes this reaction, though? In situations like this (and those a bit more serious, discussed in her video) Cuddy asks us: are you cringing from fear of the spider or, do you feel fear from having cringed? Which induces the emotion? The thing itself or your bodily reaction to the thing itself? In some ways, it’s sort of a “which came first- the chicken or egg?” scenario. Put simply, Cuddy is challenging us to think about our fears and emotions as they relate to and interact with our body language. Which is the navigator?

While we love Cuddy’s insights, she is not the only one looking to make these connections between our successes and our body language. Our British friends at The Guardian have put together a practical and real world way to manage and navigate our emotions through physicality. They’ve called it “positive action” and have put together a list of physical actions that one can partake in to create and navigate their emotions in times of need. While Amy Cuddy’s video offers quite a few suggestions and explanations, we loved The Guardian’s inventive methods, also and will share a few with you here!

Looking to garner a little bit more will power? The Guardian suggests tensing up. Go into fight mode (almost). Clench your fists and imitate a fight stance to represent the will power you’ll need to have when facing that third custard filled donut or that pair of shoes you really don’t need.

Feeling a little guilty? Literally wash your guilt away. The Guardian suggests that washing your hands or cleansing yourself to combat guilt genuinely provides the feeling of cleaning your conscience.

If you’re struggling with your diet, The Guardian recommends eating with your non-dominant hand so as to call attention to the actual activity of eating. This helps with mindless eating too as it forces us to pay attention to and take note of what and how much we are eating.

So, use what your momma gave you, trust your body and create positivity that works for you!

If you’d like to watch Amy Cuddy’s video on Body Language and Emotion click here: