Chuck Norris on the meaning of little things

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Little things mean a lot. That there are lots of little things out there that we can do, adjustments we can make, that could prompt both immediate and long term benefits to our health.

The finding of a small, preliminary study recently conducted by researchers at the University of Auckland presents but one example: follow the age-old advice you may have heard countless times from your mother to sit up straight. Come to find, according to the study’s preliminary findings, people with symptoms of depression may see at least some temporary improvements by doing just that.

Previous studies show stooped posture as being a characteristic of people suffering from depression. At the same time, other studies have shown that adopting an upright posture seems to improve mood and self-esteem in people without depression. Few studies have looked specifically at how changes to posture might affect people with depression.

In the University of Auckland study, which focused on subjects who indicated that they had mild to moderate symptoms of depression, approximately half of the participants received instructions on how to practice better posture. The other control group was not given any instructions about posture. At the end of a battery of tests, among other things, people in the upright-posture group reported feeling more enthusiastic as well as physically stronger than the people in the regular-posture group.

Is it possible that people could affect a shift in mood based merely by an adjustment of their posture? While not conclusive at this point, the results are promising. This preliminary study also indicates that sitting up straight resulted in some physiological changes, such as increased brain activity, that may influence mood.

Little things, such as the recognition of the health benefits of our natural environment, can also lead to some big changes. This appears to be true within our Click to see the original article