Sit up straight!!!
How many times did you hear that in school, roll your eyes, then did as you were told? Do you recall actually feeling better and more alert when you slid your bottom towards the back of your chair and pulled your shoulders back and down?
Well, there is a neurological reason for this. In the brain stem, there is a mesh-like network of nerves that are responsible for telling you to be alert, wakeful, conscious. Sitting upright provides the internal feedback that triggers these nerves. It is called the Reticular Formation. Side note: sitting erect is also useful to those who pray and meditate.
However, if your neck, shoulders or lower back are yelping out, it could very well be that your posture needs some realigning.
Try this right now as you sit: create a plumb line. Align your head over your shoulders, shoulder over your hips, and plant your feet flat on the ground with your knees at the same level and width as your hips. Now you have good posture!
Researchers at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and the University of Toronto’s J.L. Rotman School of Management have found that when you stand tall, in a dominant position, you literally feel more in control, and are better able to deal with distress, whether physical or emotional. Other studies have shown that assuming a “power stance,” will even boost your willingness to take risks.
So, now that you are motivated and have the know-how sit up, stand up straight and go conquer the world.
Originally published on LightWorkers, 2018
About. After researching Happiness for the last thirteen years, part of my mission in life is to help people get out of the crazy and into the happy.