How Good Posture Can Make You Happier
3 Quick Ways to Improve your Mood and your Posture
Have you noticed that you slump or hunch over when you’re feeling down? And you do the opposite – stand up straight and tall – when you’re feeling good? Studies show that your mind (or mood) influences your body (posture). Vice versa – your body language influences your confidence and energy. Once you realize this, you can make it work to your advantage. Here’s what you should know:
How good posture looks and feels, and what you can do to improve yours.
- Go to a site such as www.acatoday.org and search for “tips to maintain good posture.”
- Exercise (stretching, walking, running, yoga) to improve your mobility and flexibility. Get away from “couch slouching.”
- Watch Amy Cuddy’s popular 2012 TED Talk. She explains how doing certain “power poses” every day will actually change your hormone levels and relieve stress.
The benefits of avoiding “computer hunch.” Sitting at a computer or looking down at a phone causes a natural slump and ultimately fatigue. If you learn to sit properly, move your eyes away from the screen and take breaks from the computer and phone, you’re bound to clear your mind, and feel refreshed and more energetic.
“Fake it ‘til you make it” might just work. It sounds funny, but even if you’re not in a good mood, try adjusting your posture, holding your head up and projecting confidence. People will react to you accordingly, sending good vibes to your brain.