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7 Popular Ways to Sit on a Couch — And What They All Mean

When you plop yourself on the couch after a long day, chances are you don’t give much thought to how you sit. But according to the experts, you couch slouch reveals some hidden clues about not only your emotional well-being, but also your posture.

According to body language expert Robert Phipps, your couch slouch is a “reflection of your inner emotions.” Sprawling out on a loveseat, stomach down and face in the cushions indicated an entirely different mood than adopting a cross-legged pose, or even perching on the armrest. It turns out your body has a way of exposing your internal thoughts and feelings without you even realizing.

As for your posture, you may not be doing your joints any favors by the way you sit — no matter how comfy it is. “If you’re sitting in a hunched up or slouched position, you’ll be placing excessive pressure onto the joints within your spine and especially the lower back as this is the larger weigh-bearing area,” Dawn Morse, MS, the founder of sports therapy and yoga studio Core Elements. “Aim to sit in an upright and lengthened position so that the muscles in the spine are long and your chest is lifted.”

Keep scrolling to learn more about all the different sofa slumps and how they affect your body — and to see how popular your favorite sitting position is. 

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