It's my job as a motivational speaker to talk about ideas that will help people be happier, healthier and more successful. So call me REALLY happy when I find ONE idea that does all three! And you won't believe what it is…
No, that's it. Just stop slouching.
According to a recent study at San Francisco State University researchers found a slouched or despondent body posture can lead to lower energy levels and feelings of depression. It is also linked to causing career problems (people who slouch can appear disinterested or less "vital"), increased risk of death or illness, cutting off circulation and higher levels of stress.
Try it yourself! Walk around your house for only one minute, slouched over, shoulders rounded, looking down at the ground (you might also notice your breathing is more shallow). For good measure even shuffle your feet as you slowly walk. After one minute take an internal energy/mood reading from one to ten. One is you are comatose and drooling in your lap, and ten is you just won an 80 million dollar lottery. Remember that number.
Then walk around the house for one minute in a very erect posture. Head held high, briskly walking. Hey, put a smile on your face just for fun. Notice your breathing is fuller since you have more capacity for air. When the minute is up, take another internal energy/mood reading. I'll bet it goes up.
So do what your mommy told you to do a long time ago. Sit up straight! You'll be happy, healthier and richer for it!
Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, getting taller as I type