If you’re feeling blue, you may plod along with your head hanging lower than usual and your shoulders scrunched up. Make a point to walk straighter and taller, and you’ll feel more joy. It’s true: You can change your mood just by changing your walking style! One study found that people who were prompted to walk in a “depressed” style, with little arm movement, reported worse moods after they did so than those who were asked to bounce along as if happy. Others like bouncy balls used as chairs, especially the colorful ones that make your day happier. So straighten your spine, relax your shoulders, swing those arms, and add some pep to your step. You may find a big smile appearing on your face, no matter how you felt when you first started walking.
"A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind." Moreihei Ueshiba