At the university of California San Francisco, researchers studied people with mild to moderate depression, and noted that they assumed a particular posture. They kept their heads down. They slumped their shoulders. Their breathing was high and shallow. Their facial expression was somewhat contorted, and they looked distressed and disappointed. By contrast, people who were happy instinctively kept their heads up, their shoulders back, had pleasant look on their faces, and breathed deeply and rhythmically.
The researchers instructed their depressed patients to make some simple changes in their posture. They had them thrust their shoulders back, lift their chins, keep their eyes focused ahead of them, put a smile on their faces, and deepen their breathing. They instructed them to make a conscious effort to maintain these changes throughout the next few days.
What do you think happened? Much of the depression lifted. The simple act of shifting their posture had sent a signal that the brain responded to immediately. The brain didn’t question it – it just performed.
Changing your posture can really make a difference! Think about it on the tennis court or on the sport field. It doesn’t ask you much, and the result will often be amazing.

***To know more about tennis and the mind – or to make your mind works for you and not against you in your sport – contact Dr Damien Lafont / Vida Mind at [email protected]

from ‘The Mental Edge’ by Kenneth Baum