Fascinating research by Amy Cuddy, social psychologist at Harvard Business School, has important implications for restorative justice interventions and for healing.

Professor Cuddy and her colleagues have demonstrated how we simply hold our bodies can affect how we feel, think, behave, and even our hormones.

Feeling powerful enough that we believe we can cope with trauma is vital for developing resiliency. For many years since I was harmed by abuse as a child and young adult, I knew that it was simply in the “trying of different things” that changed the course of my life. I went from high school dropout, teen mom, imprisoned juvenile to college graduate, mother of three wonderful children, doing work I love, and being athletic into my “golden years.”

Change your posture and change your life.

No matter what has happen to us, we control how we respond and taking a powerful pose will help push us into a better place in times of hardship.