Holiday: Happy Hug Day!

It’s HUG DAY!  Yes!  That’s right!  It’s the best day of the year because you can walk up to anyone, almost anyone, and give them an adorable embrace for no reason at all and then move on…with a smile on your face.  If you look back, they’ll have a smile on their face too.  You know they will because we all need a lot more hugs in our lives.

One statistic says that we need at least twelve hugs a day to simply stay reasonably balanced.  Twelve hugs!!  Okay, most of us are operating under a severe hug deficit.  Perhaps you could include dog or cat hugs, but when possible, go for actual people hugs.  After all, it’s Hug Day!!

You may remember a delightful piece that Shel Silverstein wrote in his book, Where the Sidewalk Ends, called Hug O’ War.  It’s a great little poem about how hugs are much better than tugs, because with giggles and grins, everyone wins.

It’s an inspired thought and one to pick up on today as you go about your business.  Carry a sign if you have to, “No tugs, just hugs.”  Who knows you might actually start a hug swarm, a hug mob where people are suddenly dancing in the street.  They may come up to perfect strangers and hug them as though they mean it.  In this temporary insanity, they may see all people as worthy of something as valuable and as friendly as a hug.  We may even have to call the hug police.  They’ll be out looking for those who try to skip out on Hug Day.

Fortunately, they won’t have to arrest you.  You’re a great hugger!  In fact, you’re one of the best huggers around and so it will be natural for you to get out there and do your part to celebrate the day.  Remember, No tugs, just hugs!   Oh, don’t you feel better already?

Happy Hug Day!