Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Here's First Thing You Should Do When You Wake Up According To Harvard Psychologist.

It's In Our Genes

It's In Our Genes

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The psychology of size, as it relates to power, will apply, even if people don't come to blows. Cuddy's research partner discovered that athletes like runners, use a similar stance to achieve success, like throwing their arms in a V shape or pointing their chins up towards the sky. This occurs even if a runner was born blind, suggesting this behavior isn't something we learn. This amazing finding led to a study called the "power poses."

What Are Power Poses?

What Are Power Poses?

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According to Cuddy's research, those who display "power poses," which involves sitting with your legs wide open, stretching your arms out, are seen as confident and dominant. Ironically, those who crouch, keep their heads down, or cross their legs are seen as small and powerless. So, the research suggests that power poses can improve how others perceive you. But how does that relate with the way you wake up first thing in the morning?

It's In The Hormones

It's In The Hormones

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Cuddy had a breakthrough when she theorized that power poses don't just affect the way others see you, but the way you see yourself too. And hormones are involved in this process: people who are powerful produce higher levels of testosterone, the dominant hormone, and less cortisol, which is a stress hormone. Cuddy conducted an experiment that left her colleagues speechless.

Testing A Theory

Testing A Theory

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In one of her studies, Cuddy got participants to pose for two minutes in a certain way, then provide her with saliva samples. The results proved that those who power posed had lower levels of cortisol, and higher levels of testosterone, while those with "low power poses" showed the opposite results. Cuddy surmised that these poses can make you feel strong, and transmit that perception to everyone else. And it all begins first thing in the morning.

Just Stretch!

Just Stretch!

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People assume Cuddy's advice is so simple and might come off as a joke, but it isn't. Before you plant your feet on the floor, stretch your body. Expand it as much as you can, and make yourself as big as humanly possible. This ritual will ensure that you start off with the right hormone balance, and can mean the difference between success and failure. But according to Cuddy, you can do so much more.

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