I laughed when I saw this photo of a cat lover named Cynthia hugging her cat for Global Hug Your Kids Day on Tumblr. The caption is: Cynthia from Seattle celebraes ‘Global Hug Your Kid Day’ with her cat Jaspar, who apparently is not a fan of this holiday.
I am often asked if it’s ok to hug your cat – or dog – for the holiday. Sure. The more family hugs, the better!
What do you think?
I just stumbled across this post by Defending the Blue Line, a group that helps bring the sport of ice hockey to the youth of military families. What a cool program!
After the recent Aurora, CO tragedy, they posted:
- “Here is what we know today: Make sure you hug your kids. When you’re done, do it again.”
Short and sweet – but powerful and poignant. Hockey is a tough sport. The military is a tough job. Yet hugs keep us all grounded to what really matters – family, service to country, sports, and kids.
Global Hug Your Kids Day has been looking for ways to tie into the military. Maybe youth hockey is the door.
In honor of Global Hug Your Kids Day, Public News Service – some awesome folks! – interviewed me about the health care impact of hugs. With the recent ruling of the Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act AKA Obamacare, health care is again on folks’ minds – who should pay for it, what should it cover, and more. Hugs have not been part of the discussion because no one can bill for them but I think they should be since everyone can afford them. Talk about affordable care!
I’ve found about 20 health impacts of hugs – raising the good stuff and lowering the bad stuff, including hugs can LOWER: Cortisol, a Stress Hormone, Fear, Pain, High blood pressure, High heart rate, Obesity, Tension, Loneliness, Depression, Insomnia. For my complete list, http://www.hugyourkidsday.com/Health_Care.html
To hear and read their great interview http://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php?/content/article/27420-1
PS Last year, Public News Service’s one interview about the Hug holiday got played on 753 stations in 15 states. They rock!
We’ve been blessed by more media attention this year. Yea! Hopefully, that means more kids -and their parents – will get hugged, and that, after all, is the point of the holiday.
I was thrilled that we were announced on Yahoo News as the lead story by contributor Cherri Megasko | Yahoo! Contributor Network last week. Here’s the link: http://news.yahoo.com/july-16-global-hug-kids-day-national-corn-065000477.html I love that our holiday is in the name of the link.
A big hug to Cherri!