The world needs more free hugs. It may sound crazy but free hugs could in fact change the world. There’s been scientific research behind how a hug affects people. While it does sound like the craziest thing you could imagine I hope to convince you that it’s not.
The current free hugs movement was started by a man known only by the Alias Juan Mann. In 2004 he started giving out free hugs in Sydney Australia. He carried around the famous Free Hug sign. In 2005 he befriended Shimon Moore lead singer of the band Sick Puppies. Actions were filmed by Moore and his friends later one is band moved to LA they didn’t do anything initially with the footage.
When man’s grandmother died in 2006 more edited the video footage of two music video and send it to his friend. It included the title “this is who you are.” The video was uploaded to YouTube where it was viewed over 77 million times. This sparked a wave of people giving free hugs around the world.
Going out and giving free hugs can free up certain brain chemicals for people. Oxytocin is released after 20 second hug. Now the usual hug usually last around 3 seconds but that doesn’t release the stress reducing brain chemicals of a 20 second hug.
There are people that say it only really takes 3 seconds so if you do not want a hug that last for 20 seconds then you can give out the usual 3 second hug and see how that affects people. However, if you’re giving out free hugs you can always ask if they won the Super hug that last for 20 seconds.
So go out there and try to change the world with a big sign that reads free hugs or maybe even a sign that says free super hugs. Maybe you will surprise yourself at how your hugging affects people. You might be amazed and put smiles in a lot of people’s faces and in their hearts.