What is Confidence and How Do You Get It?

Stepping out of my comfort zone is a sure way to grow in self confidence.

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Think of a confident person in your life. It may include a fearless coworker in the face of adversity or a friend who doesn’t care what anyone thinks when they hit the dance floor. Though these people may have the “fake it ‘till you make it” mentality down, being truly confident involves much more. A confident person shows competence and intelligence in a natural and quiet demeanor.

As such, confidence can impact all aspects of your life. From work and school, to social and family relationships, it can determine success as well as open the door to new opportunities.

Read to learn more about confidence, how you can continue to build self-confidence and see the positive impacts in your life.

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WHAT IS CONFIDENCE?

As Vincent van Gogh explains, “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” Confidence is the belief in one’s ability to succeed. It’s not just a behavior, it can also be seen in our body language. From eye contact to good posture and smiling more often, looking confident plays an important role to your overall confidence level.

Although this may come more naturally for some people, confidence is a behavior that can be learned and incorporated in various facets of your life. How? From gaining better listening skills to owning and growing through mistakes and being ambitious in your actions, there are many ways to grow as a confident person. Observe the confident people in your life, and take note of their qualities. It can help show you how diverse real confidence is in the world.

WHY DOES CONFIDENCE MATTER SO MUCH?

When you are confident, it can improve your quality of life and affect your success in work, school, relationships and more. More importantly, confidence correlates with self-esteem. John M. Grohol, Psy.D. explains,

“People with a good and healthy self-esteem are able to feel good about themselves for who they are, appreciate their own worth, and take pride in their abilities and accomplishments. They also acknowledge that while they’re not perfect and have faults, those faults don’t play an overwhelming or irrationally large role in their lives or their own self-image (how you see yourself).”

In addition to self-esteem, confidence is how we are able to keep learning and developing in order to contribute to our communities and to the world. If we all lacked confidence and as such, self-esteem, there would be no education, progression or innovation within our society. When it comes down to it, confidence impacts the way we choose to live our lives.

HOW TO BUILD SELF-CONFIDENCE

So, what’s the best way to build confidence? Below are various ways that can help you boost self-confidence:

Exercise: Exercise is a great remedy, especially when you feel stressed or anxious (which kills confidence). Look for ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Whether you enjoy practicing yoga at home after a long day in the office, play a pick-up basketball game with your friends on the weekends or take a quick walk outside in between work meetings—there are many activities that can help reduce stress and boost confidence.

Make a list of your strengths: When was the last time you’ve sat down and thought about what you excel at? Spend 5 to 10 minutes creating the list, thinking also about what other people have observed or admired about you. Once you’ve created the list, turn the paper over and make a list of what you want to become better at. Whether you want to improve or develop a new skill or educate yourself in a new topic, working on self-improvement can help increase your confidence, especially in new situations.

Set a small goal: With the above list you made, pick a small goal and work to achieve it—something reasonable that can be accomplished in the timeframe of a couple of weeks. This is a good habit to develop, as each goal you’ll achieve will not only boost self-confidence, but allow you to start setting bigger goals.

Listen: Confident people are not afraid to take the backseat and listen when having a conversation. If the conversation lulls, instead of filling the air with your own comments, ask thoughtful questions or advice to not only show respect to the person you’re communicating with, but to give yourself the opportunity to learn something new.

Volunteer: When’s the last time you’ve given back to the community? A great way to grow self-confidence is to forget about your own needs for a couple of hours and devote your time volunteering for a good cause. Serving those in your local communities boosts positive emotions that directly impact your confidence.

See also: 7 Ways to Look Confident, Especially When You Aren’t.

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DON’T STOP IMPROVING

The key with confidence is to always keep growing it—learn new things, put yourself in new situations or opportunities to succeed in. But more importantly, catch yourself when you’re not feeling confident. Stop the vicious doubts or thoughts in your head the moment they come up and instead, take a step back, relax and reassure yourself of your abilities. Lastly, when working on confidence, don’t abandon who you are. Being comfortable with yourself and your interests creates a natural confident behavior.

All in all, having confidence can help propel you forward in the various aspects of your life. To truly achieve confidence, you must be confident in your words and actions. This also means being comfortable with who you are and within your own skin.

 

9 Things You Never Knew About Your Skin

Beauty portrait of attractive womanOur skin is the body’s largest organ. Still, it’s easy to forget how dynamic skin really is because what we see on the surface seems so basic. Take a closer look and you’ll discover there’s much more going on in your skin than you ever imagined.

SURPRISING SKIN FACT #1: IT ACTUALLY HAS MORE THAN THREE LAYERS

The skin has three primary layers—the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous layer (subcutis). However, there are numerous layers within both the epidermis and dermis. When you get down beneath the surface there are actually up to 37 layers.

The epidermis has five sublayers:

  • Basal cell layer
  • Squamous cell layer
  • Stratum granulosum
  • Stratum lucidum
  • Stratum corneum made of 10–30 thin layers of skin that are in the process of shedding

The dermis is much thicker than the epidermis, but it has just two layers: the papillary layer and the reticular layer. Subcutis, the deepest portion of the skin, is one single layer.

SURPRISING SKIN FACT #2: THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF SKIN

Our skin may look all the same, but there are actually two types covering our bodies: hairy skin and glabrous skin. Hairy skin contains hair follicles that help regulate body temperature and facilitate perspiration. The vast majority of the body is covered by hairy skin. Glabrous skin is hairless and found in areas like the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

One distinct difference between the two types of skin is how they respond to touch. Touch provides more sensory information for glabrous skin, whereas hairy skin receives emotional information through touch.

SURPRISING SKIN FACT #3: 90% OF THE SKIN’S THICKNESS IS IN THE DERMIS

The middle portion of the skin is the dermis. Even though it’s only 1.5–4mm thick, it is by far the thickest layer of skin. This is where the skin carries out most of its essential functions, such as storing water and transporting nutrients. However, there are two parts of the epidermis that are about the same thickness as the dermis for functional reasons: the skin on the palms of the hands and bottom of the feet is about 1.5mm thick.

SURPRISING SKIN FACT #4: THERE ARE MILES OF BLOOD VESSELS IN THE SKIN

One of the primary functions of the skin is to circulate blood so that nutrients like vitamin D can be transported to the rest of the body. This is done through blood vessels in the dermis layer of the skin. The extensive network includes about 11 miles of blood vessels.

SURPRISING SKIN FACT #5: THERE’S OVER ONE TRILLION BACTERIA ON THE SKIN

The body is a breeding ground for bacteria, many of which are actually beneficial. Being the largest organ that’s exposed to the outside world, it’s only natural that the skin would have a large number of bacteria. However, many people are surprised to learn that the number can exceed one trillion. In total there are over 1,000 bacteria species on the skin at any given time.

Here’s another interesting fact about skin bacteria: body odor doesn’t come from sweat. The smell actually comes from the bacteria that feed off the fatty compounds in sweat.

SURPRISING SKIN FACT #6: EVERYONE HAS THE SAME NUMBER OF MELANIN-PRODUCING MELANOCYTE CELLS

Skin color is a byproduct of melanin production in the skin. Melanin is produced by skin cells called melanocytes. Every person has roughly the same number of melanocytes, which equates to about 7% of all skin cells. How active the melanocyte cells are determines the darkness of skin, not the number of melanocytes. The more melanin each melanocyte produces the darker the skin will be. When a person is born without melanocyte cells, this causes the condition known as albinism.

SURPRISING SKIN FACT #7: 20% OF AMERICANS WILL HAVE SKIN CANCER AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIVES

The American Academy of Dermatology notes that one in five Americans will get skin cancer during their lifetime. Fortunately, only one in 58 skin cancer cases is melanoma, the most life-threatening type. But it is still a serious concern because of the huge number of skin cancer cases. Every year there are over one million new cases of skin cancer. Almost every hour of every day, one person dies from melanoma.

SURPRISING SKIN FACT #8: SOME PEOPLE ARE BORN WITHOUT FINGERPRINTS

Our fingerprints are one of the most identifiable parts of our bodies, but a small portion of the population is born without them. The unique ridges embedded in the skin are missing in people that have one of two rare genetic defects. Dermatopathia pigmentosa reticularis and Naegeli syndrome are both caused by defects in a protein called keratin 14. These are inherited conditions that are passed down from one generation to the next. Without fingerprints, it can be more difficult to hold on to objects because fingerprints increase friction.

SURPRISING SKIN FACT #9: SKIN IS WATERPROOF

One of the many ways skin protects our insides from the outside world is by keeping liquids from penetrating through the epidermis. Skin cells are surrounded by fatty acids, lipids, and ceramides that make them waterproof. This unique structure also keeps water from evaporating out of the body.

So, the next time you get angry about a wrinkle or a zit, instead appreciate your skin for all its wonderful complexity.

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