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January 8, 2015

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Doing This One Small Thing Can Change Your Whole Day

We’re always talking about what you should be doing during the day to make yourself seem more powerful. From speaking clearly to a firm handshake to standing like Wonder Woman. But are there certain things you should be doing when you are sleeping to help your career (besides just wearing super cute and comfy pjs)?

The answer’s yes. In a recent interview with The New York Times, Harvard Business School Professor Amy Cuddy (and host of the second most popular TED Talk of all time) is now doing research on how our sleeping positions impact us. Early results are showing that people who wake with arms and legs extended feel happier and more optimistic than the 40 percent who start the day in a fetal position. OK, yes it’s harder to control what your body’s doing when you’re sleeping, but if you find yourself all curled up in the morning stretch out your limbs before you go out and take on the world. “If you wake in fetal pose,” Ms. Cuddy said, “open yourself up like the guy on the subway taking up too much space, and soon enough you’ll feel like a happy warrior.”

It’s something to at least try. And this is the woman who made us realize that literally standing in a powerful position can help you perform better in a presentation or a job interview. Heck, this may even be better than coffee.