Free Hugz!!! <3 <3

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“Keep loving…everything you touch, everyone you see, they’ll soon become your family.” ~ Nimo Patel ❤

Hello loves! 

I have big plans for this weekend if everything works out as I hope it does! On Saturday May 2nd and Sunday May 3rd, it’s Global Free Hug Days and I will be participating! Sunday is the one day in all of my days that I hope it doesn’t rain! Can you believe it!? Lol me! Hoping it does not rain! While I would absolutely love to stand and hug in the rain, I know most probably prefer the sun. And many more people will probably be walking through the park in the sun. So I hope there’s some sun that day! And also on May 2nd for the ones participating that day! 

I don’t know that anyone else in Philadelphia is doing this because I signed up to find others in this lovely city who are also hugging so we can go together but no response! Maybe they just have their own groups and don’t care to meet up! 

I found this event on “Positive Focus” on Facebook months ago and been waiting and waiting! While “Positive Focus” is the organization hosting the event, the participants go on their own those days to wherever in the world they want to go and give hugs!    

Here are some of the benefits of hugging!

1.) possibly alleviates existential fears/fear of mortality for people with low self esteem – hugging may help allay our fears of death and dying 
https://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/touch-may-alleviate-existential-fears-for-people-with-low-self-esteem.html

Even hugging stuffed animals can help!

2.) stimulates oxytocin – promoting feelings of contentment, reduces anxiety and stress, helps cope with pain, helps with social bonding, linked to lower blood pressure and heart rate…

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128795325

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301051104001632

http://m.livescience.com/12833-love-hormone-oxytocin-dark-side.html

Just one brief hug releases these chemicals in the body! 

3.) Stimulates dopamine – the “feel good” drug responsible for preventing depression and things like Parkinson’s disease. Procrastination, self doubt, and lack of enthusiasm are all linked to low levels of dopamine. Dopamine is a pleasure hormone which is released in the brain and hugs can trigger it! Listening to music that thrills us can also help our brains to release it! 

http://today.uconn.edu/blog/2012/11/uconn-researcher-dopamine-not-about-pleasure-anymore/

4.) stimulates serotonin – when a person feels important, serotonin flows more. When serotonin is low, depression and loneliness can occur. Hugging helps this drug flow helping us feel less sadness and loneliness and helping us prolong life and has other positive benefits. 

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/232248.php

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2612120/

And many more benefits of hugging! 

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(me! :-D)

 I hope you will come and join me for Global Free Hugs Day if you are here in the beautiful Philadelphia!!  I will be at Rittenhouse Square on Sunday afternoon, May 3rd with free hugs & love for everyone and anyone!! We’re spreading a message of universal love & kindness for everyone all around the globe! And the message that every life matters.

Whenever we reach out to hug, to help, to heal, to comfort, to inspire, to uplift…we reach out in love. ❤

Check it out! 

http://www.positive-focus.com/ 

We will take pictures those days and send them to Positive Focus for their video. You can register here: 
http://www.positive-focus.com/about-gfh/gfh/

Or you can choose not to register and just go hug anyway!  

Heres the fb page for positive focus:

https://m.facebook.com/positivefocusnfp?_rdr

I’m using my phone so that’s the mobile website. Hopefully you will find the desktop one if you’re using a computer!

E mail them your pics at: hugs@positive-focus.com 

You can go alone and hug, with one or two people, or gather a large group and go together. I think i’ll be going alone except my mom will be joining me to take the pics. And maybe my sister.  I won’t be there real long as I have work that day. I have been waiting for months for this day! And I have so many fun ideas for the signs I’m making! I’m going all out! Lol  I’ll probably be there around 12:30pm.

No matter who you are, where you are, where you have been, where you’re going, what your views on anything are, skin color, ethnicity, experiences, sexual orientation, homeless or not, if I know you or never talked to or laid eyes on you, if I knew you at one point, if we had a falling out or ended on not good terms, still come and let’s hug! I’m here to provide hugs & love to everyone no matter what and show that every life matters.

No matter what problems or pain or dreams or goals or views or experiences we have, we are all in this together!

If you’re in Philadelphia, Pa that afternoon, come and hug me!! If not then I’ll be sending you virtual hugs! ❤

Much love to you always! And lots of big bear hugs! ❤

And don’t forget on Sunday afternoon I will he providing hugs! So come and get your love!

“You may say 
I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will live as one”
~John Lennon ❤

 
😀

Xoxo Kim

P.s. Don’t forget to remember your life DOES matter no matter what you have done, who you are, what your opinions are, what disability or religion or mental or physical health condition you have, whether you have a family and friends or none, whatever your age or job is, no matter how much money you have, where you live, if you’re homeless and live outside under a bridge or in a park or live in a mansion, even if you feel hopeless or worthless and depressed or anxious often….your life and everything you do has an effect on the world around you. this is true for all of us. And we can get better and better.
Life is hope.  ❤

18 thoughts on “Free Hugz!!! <3 <3

    • Yes, I will be going to work a very happy girl! Lol

      I never participated like this in free hug day before but I did hug others with signs in college on free hug days! ❤

      I love the concept!

      Thank You for reading and commenting! 😀

  1. Kim;
    Why Sunday, I have already received your warmth, sweet and very passionate virtual hug alongwith this sweet post and I am too sending you the same.
    Eagerly awaiting to see your images………..
    Wishing you all the best…………………………

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  3. Hello Kim. I finally have the chance to visit your blog, and I love it! I missed the “hug” day which was coincidentally the day of my birthday (May 2nd) Although, due to an error, I’m forced to celebrate my birthday on June 2nd instead. (Long, long story)

    As far as hugs are concerned, it’s been a learning process for me. When it comes to sharing my emotion, I had to gradually force myself to make some major adjustments. Looking back on my childhood, now I’m certain it served as my defense mechanism; I’m still very much redrawn and quiet; but I’m discovering I’m at my best in company with children. Their honesty, and their pure heart are always pleasant treats to me.

    I will follow your blog and hope you will do the same for me. I try to post some humor, which I think we all in need of, considering this stressful journey we call life on earth.

    Have a great day!

    Nadège

    • Thank You so much for sharing your experiences! I love hugs! I am also very shy and do not always initiate encounters with people even when I would love to. I have always been shy and would wait for people to come to me first but I’m much better with this now. Even though I’m shy, I’m still extroverted and feel extremely uplifted and energized in a room full of people whether or not I know them. I love kids too! I don’t have much experience with children except at work when they come as customers and it’s always pleasant to see their happy little faces! 😀

      We share the same b-day! 😀 Mine is also May 2nd! I hope you have a great celebration! Thank You for your comment and for reading!! ❤

      • Really! This is the first time I meet someone with the same birthdate. You must be a beautiful person! Honestly May births are usually genuinely beautiful in and awesome people!
        Thank you for answering to my post. I welcome you to my blog whenever you want a bit of humor. Fell free to comment and post as well.
        Take care

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