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You can't give a hug without getting a hug. --Anonymous

You can't give a hug without getting a hug.

--Anonymous

It's January 21st.  It's National Hugging Day, and it was founded in 1986 to help peeps show more emotion in public.  What's the best way to celebrate, you ask??????  Well, of course, offer a hug to anyone and everyone you want.

FYI...make sure they would be accepting of a hug...no black eyes, please!

Studies show that human contact has many health benefits like helping build a good immune system, improving psychological and physical development, decreases risk of heart disease...AND...lifts the spirits.   Hugging also helps to reduce blood pressure, and has become one of the most favorite types of social greetings.

This nonverbal communication exudes so many emotions.  Love and affection, friendship and greetings, comfort and consolation are just a few to mention.  Every age is age appropriate, and every gender, race and religion can participate.  So many to hug and so many types of hugs.

I feel a list coming on so away we go!!!

*  the happiness hug

*  the greeting someone you haven't seen in a long time hug

*  the support hug

*  the moving from handshake to hug, hug

*  the sympathy hug

*  the "bro" hug

*  the tree hug

*  the group hug

Lot's to embrace, don't ya think?????????

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???  Go out and get some hugging goin' on!!!  Reduce your blood pressure...restore your immune system...lift your spirits...just take the challenge, and give a hug for no reason at all.  I assure you, it will make your heart and soul smile.

This pic is some of the children's choir of Espiritu Santo Catholic Church in Safety Harbor, and this is their group-choir hug.  Looks like fun, doesn't it?

Why not try it out and leave me a comment on your fave type of hug.

 

This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is my village...

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Robert Saltzman January 21, 2013 at 02:44 PM
* the tree hug... I'm in LOL....
Jeffrey Rosenfield January 21, 2013 at 06:45 PM
This gives new meaning to "hug it out"! Love it Karen, thanks for sharing this on this special day!

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