Today, June 29th, is Hug Holiday Day. (I’m in favor of hugs. I’m in favor of holidays. And I’m in favor of days. But “Hug Holiday Day” needs work. Why not “Give Someone a Hug Day”? Or “Heaping Up Goodness”? Yeah, not great, I know, but still better than Hug Holiday Day. Just sayin’.)
A hug is like a boomerang—you get it back right away. ~Bil Keane, “Family Circus”
Lovely. Let’s get to the hugs.
I love hugging. I wish I was an octopus, so I could hug ten people at a time. ~Drew Barrymore
Studies have found that not only are hugs good for the soul (and for inspiring fun quotes), they actually help improve health. Hugs decrease feelings of loneliness and tension, lower blood pressure, and improve self-esteem and immune system functions.
I have a present for you, but I need to borrow your arms for wrapping paper. ~Author Unknown
Hugs can help ease fear. Studies have shown what every toddler knows: you feel less afraid when you hug something, whether it’s a person or a stuffed animal.
I will not play at tug o’ war
I’d rather play at hug o’ war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs….
And remember that even though I’m not next to you, I’m hugging you long-distance.
A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go. ~Author Unknown