Sit down well! Stand straight ! Everyone has heard of these injections. Maybe with good reason after all. According to a study, good posture improves mood, increase concentration and can also lower blood pressure.
These results come from research carried out among 82 students in their twenties. All of them passed a series of tests while sitting in different positions. They didn’t know the study was looking at their posture but rather thought it assessed their concentration. The researchers managed to manipulate the students to sit upright or slump by changing the height of the desk and chair. This study was conducted at Friedrich-Alexander University in Germany and published in the journal Acta Psychologica.
Results? Those who sat upright rated their overall mood as an average of 3.77 out of five, compared to 3.43 for those who held themselves worse. In the past, studies have found that people who stand up when they receive positive feedback feel more pride than those who receive this new slump. Other studies have found a link between high confidence and good posture.
A protective posture
“To stand up straight is related to lower blood pressure, slower heart rate and lower temperature. The slumped postures can signal someone that they are in a potentially threatening situation and that they need to adopt a protective posture, which causes them to feel a negative mood. On the other hand, sitting upright indicates to the person that they are in a non-threatening situation, ”summarizes one of the authors, Sarah Awad.
Last year Elizabeth Broadbent of the University of Auckland (New Zealand) came to similar conclusions: “When people walk with their heads tilted down, look down and keep their arms static, it may negatively affect how you feel. walk with your head straight, looking ahead and swinging your arms creates a good mood. ”