Neck and Shoulders

Days 18 & 19

An unexpected invitation for an activity last night took me away from getting my post done on time again….. so I’m combining two things again today…. and I’m doing it early! ¬†ūüôāgetty_rf_photo_of_child_on_mans_shoulders

The other day I posted about how grateful I am for my head. ¬†Well, if it wasn’t for my neck and shoulders….. my head would have nothing to hold it up!

Besides holding up my head….. my neck can hold little (or big) arms around it for a hug! ¬†Have you heard the statistics about how important hugging is to your mental state? ¬†If not, read my post about that here. ¬†And be sure and pass around the hugs when you do! ¬†Though my neck can hold beautiful jewelry of all kinds too….. hugs are much more valuable!hug around neck

Sometimes we can feel the weight of the world on our shoulders, but often, we can offer our shoulders as a place for someone else to rest their head, to lean on us when they need to.  I know many times I have found comfort from loved ones there, particularly my husband.

Our shoulders are a place our little ones love to ‘ride’ on! ¬†And often, it’s easier to carry them there than in your arms for a long time. ¬†As the song says… “He Ain’t Heavy… He’s My Brother”

I’m grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to carry little ones on my shoulders and get hugs around the neck from both big and little people. ¬†And that I could be a shoulder to lean on as well as¬†have many shoulders to lean on.Never-be-afraid-to-help-others-in-their-time-of-need.-You-never-know-when-you-may-need-that-shoulder-to-lean-on

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?








And just because I mentioned the song….. ¬†I have to share this video. ¬†I adore the Osmond Family and I love this clip from their 50th Anniversary special because it includes the oldest two brothers, Verl and Tom signing the song. ¬†I hope you enjoy it.




Have you ever thought about how important hugs are? ¬†I know I haven’t…. not really, I mean. ¬†I love hugs… but I had no idea how important they were to our mental state of being!!

Here’s a post from one of the websites I’m always recommending:

From Meditations for Women:

‚ÄúPersonal growth is just a hug away.‚ÄĚ

We have all heard that you need four hugs a day for survival, eight hugs a day for maintenance and twelve for growth.

The touch of a hug has a healing effect on your body. Your immune system stays strong and you feel loved and special. Hugs have a way of nurturing the little child within you and helping you feel cherished by family and friends.

If you‚Äôre not getting your twelve hugs a day, reach out and ask for the hugs you need. A simple, ‚ÄúCan I have a hug?‚ÄĚ goes a long way toward getting those twelve hugs you need for growth.

Wow! ¬†12 hugs a day for growth! ¬†I’m not even close! ¬†That’s something I vow to work on!

I guess when you think about it, people that hug a lot are happier. ¬†There was a Sister that I used to work in the temple with that was a hugger! ¬†I mean really! ¬†I swear she would ask everyone for a hug! ¬†Well, obviously not everyone…. but she sure got a lot of hugs! ¬†And now that I think about it…. she was always happy!

As usual…. the internet is full of sources to verify how important hugging is. ¬†Here’s a snippet from an article ¬†that was in both the Ensign and Reader’s Digest:

This is a picture from an article called, “The Rescuing Hug.” The article details the first week of life of a set of twins. Apparently, each were in their respective incubators, and one was not expected to live. A hospital nurse fought against the hospital rules and placed the babies in one incubator. When they were placed together, the healthier of the two threw an arm over her sister in an endearing embrace. The smaller baby’s heart rate stabilized and her temperature rose to normal.

They both survived, and are thriving! In fact, now that the two girls are home, they still sleep together, and still snuggle. The hospital changed their policy after they saw the effect of putting the two girls together, and now they bed multiples together.

Ensign magazine May ’98 pg. 94, Adapted from the Readers Digest article, “A Sister’s Helping Hand” May 1996 Pp. 155-56

Amazing, isn’t it? ¬†Hugs are for our survival for sure.

Hugs can be happy or sad. ¬†The other day I had a sad hug. ¬†A long sad hug. ¬†It was from my daughter. ¬†I can’t stand the fact that she has moved out of State! ¬†It was a tearful long hard hug telling her how much I love her and knowing that I will miss her. ¬†She is my only daughter you know! ¬†I’m grateful that we took that time to express our love to each other that way. ¬†I remember a similar hug from her when we dropped her off for college for the first time. ¬†That was a hard one too. ¬†Oh…. and of course, the hugs sending my boys on missions! ¬†It’s hard to let go of your kids in those ways! ¬†But hugs make it a little easier! ¬†At least she’s only a long days drive away… not 2 or 3 days!

I have a friend who always ends her correspondence with *Hugs*. ¬†Well…. now I think I’ll take those more literal and count it towards my 12 hugs a day!! ¬†Thanks, Merlyn!

I’m grateful for hugs! ¬†I’m grateful to know that I need more…. and so do you!! ¬†So don’t be surprised next time you see me if I reach out and give you a hug!!!

I am Grateful!  How are you?

Take a few minutes and watch this ‘Free Hugs Campaign’ video on Youtube.

It’s amazing how many other videos have been made that are a spin off of this campaign!!