As a person who can’t control myself from performing dance moves whenever the DJ plays my favorite song or whenever a Uptown Funk comes up on the radio, I absolutely love to dance and if the space allows, to jump up and down. Knowing that dancing always makes me happy, I went on and researched for possible explanations of why this is always the case, and found out that how you stand and how you move actually affects your mood and your emotions.
In a study that was done in the University of Haifa in Israel, researchers found out that our gestures and behaviors not only affect our mood but also affect the moods of the people who are affecting us. The happy movements included in the study were skipping, jumping, raising hands up in the air, which is my definition of dancing, and the sad movements included slumping forward and closing the chest (Huffington Post).
A psychologist and dancer, Peter Lovatt, says that “Your body posture changes the way you think about problems. It influences the decisions you make in life even after one minute. ” According to the research he has done regarding posture/behavior and emotions, dancing or doing particular kinds of movements even if it is only for 60 seconds, can boost your mood (Lotus Pocus Focus).
The Kid President, in his video of 20 Things We Should Say More Often, also suggests as a bonus that we should dance to make the world a better place:
Even if we don’t feel comfortable dancing, we can improve our posture to both make ourselves and other people who are observing us feel happier and better about themselves. A happy world is a good world to live in.