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At least 21 people were treated for burns after attendees of an event for motivational speaker Tony Robbins tried to walk on hot coals (AP)

At least 21 people were treated for burns after attendees of an event for motivational speaker Tony Robbins tried to walk on hot coals (AP)

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At least 21 people were treated for burns after attendees of an event for motivational speaker Tony Robbins tried to walk on hot coals (AP)

It's quick, easy and free - and it can transform your mood in an instant. Yes, all those teachers were right - it's time to sit up straight.

According to life coach and self-improvement god, Tony Robbins, the quickest way to change your mood is to change your posture - which means putting your shoulders back, our chest up, eyes looking straight ahead. No more slumping over the laptop or leaning with elbows on the table as you look down into your plate at dinner-time.

It's incredibly easy to fall into a comfortable slouch when sitting on the couch or even while staring into your smartphone, but Tony says that when we slump our body actually tells the brain that we are depressed and feeling weak. If we sit up straight and keep our posture open, however, our body chemistry changes and tells our brain that we are strong and confident. Not only that but others will notice it instantly too. Just imagine there's a string attached to the top of your head which is being pulled upward, relax your shoulders and straighten your spine. Try it. It's simple, doesn't take up any time and it's weirdly effective.

* Marianne Power is the author of helpmeblog.net

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