Kindness Idea

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Give Someone a Hug

Have you hugged someone recently? Hugs can communicate a number of things: A hug is a great way to let someone you care about them; It can be a way to comfort someone who has experienced loss; or it can be a way to say "hello" to a friend.

Whatever the situation, giving a hug is a simple act that’s sure to brighten someone’s day! Plus, research shows that hugs release dopamine, lower blood pressure and heart rate. Who doesn't want to be relaxed and happy?


There are many benefits to giving someone a hug! In addition to lowing your blood pressure and heart rate, hugging can:

  • Help someone open up emotionally
  • Make someone feel accepted
  • Improve your immune system
  • Relieve stress

Step It Up

Want to make a difference in the lives of strangers? Check out the Free Hugs Campaign to see how you could get involved with an international free hug movement!

Keep It Simple

If you’re not comfortable with hugging strangers, just make an effort to hug your family and friends more. When you see a relative or friend, greet him or her with a hug.

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