If you are tall and sometimes wish you were shorter, you might want to think about some of the blessings of being tall.

One benefit of being tall is the ease of getting items on the top shelf of a cabinet. A tall person might have to stand on their tippy toes and stretch a little, but they are able to reach things on the top shelf without much effort. They rarely need to grab a stool or chair to stand on like people of shorter stature. An added blessing to this scenario is they don’t have to worry about the wobbly chair they are standing on breaking and bringing about an unplanned trip to the emergency room.

A second blessing of being tall is being able to see over the heads of others when attending a parade, lighting show, concert, or anything where a crowd of people might be standing in front of them. People of average height arrive at these events hours before they start hoping they will find a place to stand in the first row. Tall people can arrive a few minutes before the event starts and have an unobstructed view.

The taller a person is, the more they can eat because their body needs more nutrients to stay healthy. Tall people can go back for seconds without feeling guilty; what a blessing! This doesn’t mean though they can eat an extra piece of cake and it won’t add inches to their waistline. Too many calories mean more pounds no matter what your height.

In ancient cultures anthropologists say being tall was a sign of wealth and people with height were revered. Things haven’t changed much. Today, height is associated with greatness and dominance. There are highly paid professions where height matters. The National Basketball Association says the average height for a basketball player is 6 feet 7 inches. Male runway models are between 5 feet 11 inches and 6 feet 2 inches. Female runway models are 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet. Litigators earn big salaries, and ones above average height are perceived by jurors as more believable because their height makes them appear strong and confident. This is especially true in the United States where tall people appear to have higher self-esteem.

There seems to be a day for everything; there is now an International Hug a Tall Person Day. It was started by a group on Facebook because they felt tall people do not get a lot of hugs. This group defines tall as 6 feet plus for men and 5 feet 10 inches for women. Because the majority of people who are of average height don’t know how to give a hug to a person several inches taller than them, the group provides hugging instructions. There is a debate about the exact date of this event; some people recognize February 11th as International Hug a Tall Person Day and others celebrate it on June 5th. What a blessing for tall people this is; two days a year devoted to being hugged!

There is a downside to being tall; tall people have to always be aware of the sign that says, WATCH YOUR HEAD. 





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