Thursday, January 21, 2010

Today is National Hugging Day!

There is nothing better than a hug! We love to get them and miss them when we don't. Hugs validate us. Hugs say: "I care about you", "You matter", "I see you". Human contact is important to good health. When you are hugged you feel better, and it makes you smile.

If you are an environmentalist, hug a tree! If you are really shy, hug a pet. Hug your mom, your dad, your brother and sister, your teacher, your minister, your best friend, your kids...hug anyone who needs a hug.

Today's assignment: Give as many hugs as you can. Don't be shy. Ask, "May I give you a hug?" I bet you will get more "yes" answers than you will "no's".
Make it a competition. See who can give the most hugs today. *Compete to see who can draw the best picture of a hug. Buy smiley stickers or heart stickers to give to the people you hug today.
Visit a nursing home and give out hugs and stickers. Older people love to give hugs but don't always get as many hugs as they deserve.

If you really need a hug, and there is no one else around to give you one...give yourself a hug!!!

Can you think of some terrific ideas to help celebrate National Hugging Day? What kind of food would you serve? Weiners hugged by buns? What do you suggest? What kind of game would celebrate hugging? I want to hear what you think.

(c) 2010 Sharon A. Soffe


L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'll hug somebody today!
And love the photo of the kitties.

Aileen Leijten said...

Give your child a long hug and read a book to them.
(My book "Hugging Hour" would be very appropriate for the occasion)