Three Things Thursday is an exercise in gratitude that began over on Nerd In The Brain, another awesome blog. Every Thursday I highlight three things from the week that I am grateful and/or made me happy. It is a highlight of those little extra things in life that you don’t always have time to stop and enjoy. A celebration of life’s gravy. Feel free to steal this idea for yourself as well 🙂
This week my first thing is
Yes, that I the barely visible moon and a couple of stars… It was not quite dark yet when I took the picture, so you don’t get the full effect. This picture is mostly about location. I am thankful that although I live less than 5 minutes from Target (the most wonderful place on Earth) I also live in an area that allows us to enjoy a starry night out on the deck after the kiddo is tucked in for the night. Summer is coming 🙂
My second thing for this week is
Baby Ranunculus! I love ranunculus, they are up in my top three favorite flowers along with gerber daisies and hydrangeas. This particular plant is a project that Liam and I have going on the back deck. I am trying to train him young to water the flowers because I am awful at remembering to do it myself. I figure in a few years if Liam is trained correctly I can have all the gardens I want without worrying about death due to under-watering.
Last up this week is
The giant stuffed Boston Terrier Liam’s Aunty got him for his birthday. Now Liam can learn where the dogs eyes are and get all the ear tugging in that he wants without me worrying that today will be the day the dogs are no longer tolerant. Teaching The Bean to be gentle with the dogs was a piece of cake, Liam on the other hand is a bit more rough and we are still working hard to smooth out those edges.
As an added bonus, I have been having fun tricking the other puppy brothers with the fake Boston Terrier for a few days now… It might never get old.
That is it for this week!
Here is a bonus Liam picture for reading all the way to the end 🙂
I am not a hugger by nature, but I am one by design and these are a few reasons why:
- Hugs or other tactile contact between individuals has been proven to be essential to a person’s well being from the moment they are born. A simple hug that lasts at least 3 seconds can change the course of someone’s day by providing them with comfort and a short mental recharge.
- There are multiple studies out there showing that elderly individuals can benefit significantly from “touch therapy” including: hugs, massage, hand holding, shoulder holding, and pet therapy. The multitude of benefits from a simple touch in the elderly include everything from a decrease in rates of depression and pain, to increases in functional ability (especially in arthritic patients), and overall increases in life satisfaction.
- Hugs help build relationships and promotes healing. Used in the clinical setting they can provide patients with additional mental resources to use in combating their illnesses. The absence of touch has actually been shown to negatively influence a person’s mental status over time causing them to be withdrawn and less likely to heal.
- Hugging is a two way street. Sure the person you are hugging is reaping tons of benefits from the hug, but you are getting your own little mental boost as well.
The best part of my day
So go out and hug someone who is receptive to a hug…. especially your Grandparents. If they aren’t huggers try a shoulder pat or a hand hold. The power of touch is immense and it will not only benefit the person being touched but also the person doing the touching 🙂
Interested in reading more, in depth research on the importance and power of a hug? Check out these awesome journal articles:
Providing Wholistic Health Care for the Elderly; by: Pamela A Shuler, Roxana Huebscher, and Judith Hallock; in the Journal of The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
The Touch That Heals; by: Drew Leder, and Mitchell W Krucoff; in The Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine