In a new study, people who were prompted to walk in a more depressed style, with less arm movement and their shoulders rolled forward, experienced worse moods than those who were encouraged to walk in a happier style.

“It is not surprising that our mood, the way we feel, affects how we walk, but we want to see whether the way we move also affects how we feel,” said Nikolaus Troje, Ph.D., of Queen’s University in Canada, a co-author on the paper and a senior fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).

He and his colleagues showed subjects a list of positive and negative words, such as “pretty,” “afraid,” and “anxious” and then asked them to walk on a treadmill while they measured their gait and posture.

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