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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Do You Need A Hug?

CC here from Southern California in a hugging mood today.  Today, January 21st, is World Hug Day.  This day was founded in the U.S., but has spread all over the world.  Some nations and Americans call iting Day Hug Day, World Hug Day, Send a Hug Day, International Hug Day, and even Hug a Bear Day!  It is a reminder to show the world that 'peace begins with me.'

From the site, World's Biggest Virtual Hug, these are some suggestions for this day or anyday.

1. Pledge-A-Hug for Peace
2. Join the World Peace Society (free!)
3. Peace Begins with Me Program
4. Become a Place of Peace
5. Submit your peace poetry
6. Submit your peace art
7. Get active - view calendar of events
8. Unite online - participate in forum
9. Send a free peace e-card
10. more actions for peace...

Send an e-hug card for free.

According to the Website, Squidoo , there are many benefits to hugging…..

This simple act accomplishes many things that you may have never considered.
· It feels good.
· It dispels loneliness.
· It overcomes fear.
· It opens doors to feelings.
· It builds self-esteem.
· It fosters altruism.
· It slows down aging (huggers stay young longer).
· It helps curb appetite (we eat less when we are nourished by hugs and when our arms are busy wrapped around others).
· It eases tension.
· It fights insomnia.
· It keeps arms and shoulder muscles in condition.
· It provides stretching exercise if you are short.
· It provides stooping exercise if you are tall.
· It offers a wholesome alternative to promiscuity.
· It offers a healthy, safe alternative to alcohol and other drug abuse (better hugs than drugs!).
· It affirms physical being.
· It is democratic (anyone is eligible for a hug).

Some of the additional benefits to hugging include
· It is ecologically sound (it does not upset the environment).
· It is energy-efficient (saves heat).
· It is portable (you can take it with you).
· It requires no special equipment.
· It demands no special setting (a fine place for a hug is any place from a doorstep to an executive conference room … from a church parlor to a football field).
· It makes happy days happier.
· It imparts feelings of belonging.
· It fills up empty places in our lives.
· It keeps on working to dispense benefits even after the hug is released.
· Blood pressure increased significantly more among the no-contact group as compared to the huggers.
· Heart rate among those without contact increased 10 beats a minute, compared to five beats a minute for huggers.

According to the Greeting Card Association, the benefits of greeting cards include the following:

· Mean someone has taken the time to send a special message
· Add a personal touch to special occasions and holidays
· Connect us to all different types of people including co-workers, teachers, family and friends
· Help us put our emotions into words
· Provide a tangible keepsake to document special moments in our lives
· Help us reach across generation, gender and cultural communication gaps
· Provide comfort to someone and make sad times less painful
· Boost emotional well-being through reaching out to others
· Make a loved one feel special
· Preserve memories of connections with friends and family
· Show someone you care!

We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth. —Virginia Satir, family therapist


Mike Golch said...

C.C.,thanks for the hugs today!

Sandee said...

I love hugs. I'm going on a hug fest starting right now.

Have a terrific day. Hugs. :)

Spin Original said...

I LOVE hugs!!! I literally ache for a hug - especially when things are stressful or tense.

Thanks for sharing that today is HUG DAY!!!

JC said...

I loved this post. Hugs are awesome. :)

Kirhat said...

Nice advocacy. I have to keep this in minds when I organized another meeting or team-building activity. It always pay to give somebody a hug!

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Clueless said...

Sorry for the delay in replying, but last week was really tough...I needed lots of hugs. I'm glad that you enjoyed the post and hugs. I know I did after reading the comments. :-)

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