Most people would agree that mornings are really rough, but Amy Cuddy is Harvard psychologist who says that your morning actually can become much better if you stay mindful of one behavior.
Namely, she says that before you get out of bed and even you put one foot on the floor you should stretch your body as wide as possible.
Cuddy is the author of the book: “Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges“. In her book, on subtle but still very powerful ways she explains how our posture can influence our thoughts and emotions.
It is interesting that her TED talk on power posing about how standing like Wonder Woman can build confidence to each woman is the second-most-viewed video of all-times!
In fact, the thinking behind Cuddy’s research is quite radical.
Generally speaking, people consider that their behavior follows their emotions, on the same way as when we stand tall and proud because we’re feeling confident.
On the other hand, Cuddy’s research suggests that the opposite is also true. We simply can become much more confident by striking a power pose or stretching out in the morning.
Recently, at talk at New York’s 92Y, Cuddy explained about how that wisdom can carry over to our daily routine. This particularly refers to early-morning power of making yourself huge the moment you open your eyes.
Amy points: “It’s obviously bi-directional,” (in other words we can say that the action might genuinely follow a good feeling.) “But the people who wake up like this” — at this moment Cuddy throws her arms up in a V — “are super happy, like annoyingly happy.”
Moreover, you might be doing your emotions a disservice if you wake up curled like a cat.
She says: “If you sleep in a fetal ball. We have some preliminary evidence that people who wake up like that wake up much more stressed out.”
According to Cuddy, about 40% of people sleep in the fetal position. And that might be the reason that makes them less confident throughout the day. If we take under consideration the mornings across entire weeks, months, years we can conclude that suddenly one annoying morning turns into a lot of unnecessary misery.
Based on Cuddy’s research, you easily can avoid that grim reality like starting the day on the right foot. Although some of you may have to fake it at the beginning, there are chances that you will not fake it all the time.