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26 Things You're Doing That Are Hurting Your Mental Health

Best Life Logo By Caitlin Flynn of Best Life | Slide 2 of 27: When your parents told you to "sit up straight" when you were a kid, it was probably more about proper dinner-table etiquette. But it turns out that slouching isn't just a matter of bad manners, it actually influences how you feel internally. A 2017 study published in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Therapy found that sitting up straight reduced symptoms of depression. The research also showed a correlation between good posture and having a positive attitude and more energy.

1. Having bad posture

When your parents told you to "sit up straight" when you were a kid, it was probably more about proper dinner-table etiquette. But it turns out that slouching isn't just a matter of bad manners, it actually influences how you feel internally. A 2017 study published in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Therapy found that sitting up straight reduced symptoms of depression. The research also showed a correlation between good posture and having a positive attitude and more energy.

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