If you missed being on the streets of Calgary with us on December 13th, it doesn’t matter – the hug campaign lives on!
We’ve been wearing our Free Hugs t-shirts everywhere we go – the Christmas party on Saturday night, the Open House on Sunday afternoon, the Soul Food Concert on Sunday night, shopping in the mall today – and happily sharing hugs with everyone willing to receive them. And they are so willing! People are thrilled to be offered a hug and are expressing heart-felt appreciation for the hugs.
And we’ve received national attention – CBC Television aired coverage of the event (you can still watch the newscast at http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/ID=1358127563 ). As a result, a city counsellor from Fredericton, NB has contacted us to find out how to host a Free Hugs Day in the capital city of NB!
This morning I did a CBC Radio interview that aired on national radio – and will be airing again on International radio on their program The Link. You can listen to the show at http://www.rcinet.ca/rci/en/emissions/1952.shtml
The warmth that comes from sharing a hug is good for your soul – and your heart! There have been studies that show hugging raises your levels of oxytocin and lowers levels of cortisol – which reduces stress and is good news for your heart. Hugs lower blood pressure which reduces the risk of heart disease.
So do your heart some good; put on your t-shirt (if you haven’t got one yet you can pick it up from the offices of Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary at 1008 14 Street SE from Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Phone: 403-205-5529 or order one on-line . Details at www.freehugs.bestucanb.ca ) and get out there to hug someone today!
Celebrate the True Spirit of Giving by Sharing hugs. (And you can help the hug campaign spread by handing out the cards in the pdf attached. Just print them off – there are 8 convenient business card size cards that print on a standard 8 ½ x 11 sheet.) Share the love; Share a hug!
P.S. You can share your stories of the hugging experience here on our blog. We’ll keep sharing ours there and we’d love to hear your feel good stories, too!