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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Stand Up Straight

Teenagers slouch. It's their natural pose, and feels comfortable.

And parents of teenagers say repeatedly, "Stand up straight." It's their natural pose, and feels comfortable to them.

The fact is, most teens are miserable much of the time. It's hard to be growing so fast. It's hard to have people telling you "you’re not old enough" and at the same time "stop being childish." It's hard to have all those hormones, and no outlet for them.

So slouching is a physical expression of that misery.

Here's an observation: happy people don't slouch.

The corollary is: Slouching people aren't happy.

So, as my mother and father told me time and again, "Stand up straight." Chin up, back erect, eyes forward into the future.

Whatever it is that is making you slouch, get rid of it. If you can't get rid of it, forge right through it.

And as you do, stand up straight.

You'll be happier.

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