Sunday, January 20, 2013

Celebrating National Hugging Day



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By Terry Orr

Hugs and hugging are one of those emotions that should never go out of style!  An expression of caring, love and friendship – we are sometimes just too far removed from our fellow beings.  Hugging pets is also a beautiful thing that all can enjoy.
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According to punchbowl.com - Scientific studies have demonstrated that hugs are incredibly good for us. A hug can lower your blood pressure, trigger the release of healthy hormones (like oxytocin), and relieve stress. Doctors recommend a minimum of 4-6 hugs per day for our emotional and physiological well-being, but more is always better!
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The record for most hugs given in one hour by an individual is 1,749. Nick Vujicic achieved this feat at an expo center in Oregon in 2010.

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