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Give a Hug; Get a Hug
January 21 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
On January 21st, the first annual “Give a Hug; Get a Hug” event is coming to Safety Harbor! Hugging is nothing new, but it turns out most of us are doing it all wrong. Holding a hug for three full breaths — or about 10 seconds — seems to be the key. As Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh said: “When we hug, our hearts connect, and we know that we are not separate beings.” In that spirit, the “Give a Hug; Get a Hug” event will have huggers on hand for anyone who’d like a 10-second embrace. Celebrate National Hugging Day™!
When: January 21, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: The outdoor gazebo across the street from Portkey Books (404 Main St, Safety Harbor, FL 34695). Children’s story time to follow at Portkey Books from 3:00-4:00.
Why: Hugging is a simple way to create a moment of connection. Let’s celebrate National Hugging Day ™! https://nationalhuggingday.wordpress.com/?fbclid=IwAR06WoWCKOqMbSRvtP7hxoAfCrnXsPNcGqwNKAOo_JaNoSD9UDNMJYWQNmM
Benefits of Hugging
Research suggests that hugging:
• Reduces stress
• Boosts happiness
• Improves pain
• May even be good for our physical health
The truth is that we live busy lives and many of us simply don’t get enough hugs. “Give a Hug, Get a Hug” is out to change that. It’s an opportunity to remember our shared humanity and simply be in community with one another.
Huggers will be wearing masks and encourage participants to do the same, though it is not mandatory. If you’d rather give/receive a fist-bump, that’s cool too.
About the Organizers
Victoria Dym is a published poet of three books, Class Clown, When the Walls Cave In, and Spontaneous, with her fourth collection, The Hatchet Sun, forthcoming in 2023. Victoria lives in Tampa Florida, where she hosts the Annual October Haiku Challenge, teaches poetry, storytelling, and facilitates Laughter Yoga workshops for Cano Health Wellness Centers. She is also an improv artist, currently a member of The Conglomeration. Purchase Spontaneous at: https://www.amazon.com/Spontaneous-Victoria-Dym/dp/B09VWMZMDT
Marianne Hayes is a writer who has lived in northern Pinellas County for most of her life. She loves reading, writing, and gathering people to write together. Her writing has appeared in Yoga Journal, The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Alanis.com and other publications. Marianne writes poetry, personal essays and more. You can learn more about her at www.MarianneHayes.com.
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