Sit up straight!

situpstraightNo, we won’t be haranguing you to eat your veggies, too, but this is some advice that will help meditators and non-meditators alike.

Wildmind Buddhist Meditation blogs reports on a study by researchers that finds what meditators have known for millennia — that body posture affects mental states. According to the story: “Researchers found that people who were told to sit up straight were more likely to believe thoughts they wrote down while in that posture concerning whether they were qualified for a job. On the other hand, those who were slumped over their desks were less likely to accept these written-down feelings about their own qualifications. The results show how our body posture can affect not only what others think about us, but also how we think about ourselves, said Richard Petty, co-author of the study and professor of psychology at Ohio State University.”