Top Ten Advantages of Being Short

Most "tall" people are usually seen as more superior than shorter people - physical and social-wise. Unfortunately, being short comes with multiple disadvantages - such as not being able to reach that book in that tall shelf, more subjected to being picked on, less chances of getting a date (for men), social discrimination, etc. This doesn't apply to all short people though. While tall people have their own advantages and disadvantages, short people have their own positive perks as tall people. These are ten things you can appreciate about being short, or short people in general.
The Top Ten
1 You are generally more comfortable

Similar as to fitting through smaller spaces. You generally have no problem lying down in beds - as you have more leg room, you fit in more cars with small ceilings, and you can fit on most chairs, sofas, and any other furniture almost perfectly. Most importantly, you best fit on a plane seat. You may not be taller than the deep end of the swimming pool - but hey, at least you can fit comfortably in your bathtub.

I like squeezing into small spaces. They're better than large spaces, in my opinion.

Yeah there are times that I struggle when I take a bath.

Yeah, it would be nice to fit in a bed perfectly.

2 Clothes are easier to find for your height

People may make fun of you for being short - but hey, at least you can still buy those kids clothes and save some money. Or, if you don't prefer kids clothing, you still have a wider selection of clothes available than taller people. Oh wait, how about still getting those kids costumes in halloween? Genius idea! Sadly, this can be seen as the opposite to some people who are way more shorter than the average person.

Yeah, I always have to find new clothes.

3 Greater physical abilities

While taller people usually have their own perks, short people do just as well when it comes to competing in sports. Due to having a more compact body muscle structure, shorter people are more likely to be have more advantages depending on the sports field; short people usually are more agile, have bulkier muscle mass compared to their body weight, greater endurance, have more balance control, and react much faster than tall people. Thanks to these abilities, short people are less likely to break their bones.

A lot of people in my grade who run fast are small.

4 You can easily blend in the crowd

A great advantage as to almost not becoming noticed, especially if you are an introvert yourself. At least you won't find yourself constantly being hit by questions like "do you play basketball?"

If you have someone following you and your small, just go hide in a crowd! xD

5 You can fit in smaller spaces

One of the obvious advantages of being short. Ever hear complaints of "the ceiling is low? Door frame is too low? Car door is too small for me to fit in?" Well, no problem - you can easily fit and easily get through tight surroundings without little to no problem - wouldn't be more grateful than having to duck your head all the time in overhanging branches during a hike, or having to duck your head every time you hop in the shower, right?

Alright let me just get out my handy dandy cardboard box.

6 You appear less intimidating

Due to your youthful-like appearance, you are less likely to be seen as intimidating by other people; people are more likely to let their guard down, which therefore are more likely to help you when things do not really go in the way for you. If people consider you more kid-like, it can be a good advantage to fool waiters and waitresses to giving free kids meals - despite you being older than 12.

When I'm not exploding on something, I'm not that intimidating, except for that fact that I explode a whole lot.

Yeah, because I don't want little kids to see me like I'm Shrek.

I am in no way intimidating.

7 Reduced risk of cancer

Studies have shown that there is a correlation between height and the chances of getting cancer; it has to do with having more cells on the human body - taller people usually have more cell count than shorter people. Although since there are many common risk factors responsible for causing cancer, it is rather tricky to strongly conclude whether there is a correlation between height and cancer. While some people may take this as an insult, it is important to remember that your lifestyle plays a major role on your health - smoking, alcohol, a sedentary lifestyle, and obesity all contribute a risk of getting cancer.

8 Longer lifespan

It has been proven that short people are generally more healthier than taller people. You ever notice some of the oldest people on earth are usually in the middle of 4 or 5 feet and almost never reach 6 ft tall? On the plus side, shorter people usually eat less than taller people, which therefore saves you even more money. Although there are many factors that determine your lifespan, shorter people do tend to live longer due to their less need of calories, decreased risk of cancer - and most importantly, carry the longevity gene. Although the pattern behind this is not really understood.

9 You are more likely to find a partner

Assuming if you are a girl, tall guys usually are fond of shorter girls; girls wouldn't likely prefer to date a man that is shorter than her. Due to most people having this social norm, you have a much wider availability for dating guys that are shorter than average, provided that you are shorter than them. This however, is the complete opposite when it comes to the other side of gender, so good luck.

It makes Scientific Sense :o

10 People are more likely to see you as cute

It probably has to do in relation to appearing less intimidating to other people, paired with often being underestimated. As a short person, I have experienced being called "cute", or "adorable" especially within my stages of youth; it's rather flattering.

I've been called cute a bunch of times and I'm like medium height.

The Contenders
11 Your soft parts are relatively bigger
12 You can walk more gracefully
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