Have you ever really taken note of how you stand and move? The fact is, most of us, me included, are predisposed to the kind of posture an arthritic sloth would be proud of: we slouch, we stoop our shoulders.
What's this all about? Well, consciously or subconsciously, there could be a couple of things going on. First, we're trying to make ourselves as small as possible, we want to go unnoticed. Second, we simply feel the doldrums, that sensation of life weighing down us. Life is tough, and we're clawing through as though in quicksand.
Because, for most of us, our natural pose is lethargic and slumpy, it can feel incredibly odd when you suddenly stand, sit or walk upright. Give it a go now. If you're sitting down, straighten your back, and notice how much taller you suddenly become.
People who carry themselves well and have good posture, aren't trying to occupy as small a space as possible; they are confident and secure enough to fill a whole room. Next time you're 'people watching' (and if you never people watch, then you should do it some time), take note of how people walk and stand, more importantly though, be aware of what assumptions you make about that person according to their posture.
We all assume people with good posture are more confident. We might even go as far as to assume that people with good posture are more affluent and/or intelligent.
So, why not try it for yourself? Get in front of a mirror and stand as straight as you can. Feels weird? Well, that just goes to show how badly you were standing before.
Oh and, of course, there's the added bonus of good posture being better for your back!
Correct posture may feel awkward for a while, but it's well worth sticking with, because not only will it alter the way people look at you, but it'll also change the way you look at yourself. It's amazing how something as simple as standing up straight can affect self-perception.