No Slouch

How sitting up straight can boost your self confidence.

no slouch

Boost Your Confidence With Your Posture

Sitting up straight can enhance your breathing, increase energy levels and keep your body aligned. What’s more, a 2009 study suggests that good posture can boost your confidence, too. Researchers from Ohio State University found that subjects who sat with proper posture — feet flat on the floor, and shoulders back and relaxed — were more likely to believe positive statements about themselves compared with those who were slumped over their desks.

The study’s authors asked 71 students to maintain either a straight or slouched posture while completing a mock job application, on which they listed their own strengths and weaknesses in relation to the job. Immediately after, the students rated themselves on how well they would perform as a future employee. Posture directly correlated with how the students assessed themselves: Slumped shoulders increased doubt about performance ability, while correct posture led to self-assurance.

Next time you doubt your abilities, remind yourself to keep your head high and shoulders back — your attitude is likely to adjust as well. Learn more about the benefits of good posture by reading “In a Slump.”


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