Having good posture could help ease depression, according to a new study from New Zealand. Previous research has shown that sitting or standing up straight can boost self-esteem and mood in healthy people, but this new study is the first to check out whether it would help people with mild-to-moderate depression.
“Compared to sitting in a slumped position, sitting upright can make you feel more proud after a success, increase your persistence at an unsolvable task, and make you feel more confident in your thoughts,” explains study co-author Elizabeth Broadbent. “Research also suggests that sitting upright can make you feel more alert and enthusiastic, feel less fearful, and have higher self-esteem after a stressful task.”
With results like that, we all need to be sitting up straighter. Looks like mom was right after all.