The power of a hug
A hug is one of the simplest ways in which we can all reach out and close a little distance. It’s a way in which we can share a moment, offer some comfort or just show someone how much they are loved and appreciated. Hugging has even been proven to have health benefits, with one study showing that hugs increase levels of oxytocin, and reduce blood pressure.
Inspired by a free hugs video of students in Italy who offered free hugs, Chantal deMontigny, our Senior Human Resources Generalist, recently took to the streets of Vancouver to offer her very own afternoon of free hugs to passersby.
Chantal said, “I knew that it would make people feel good and that I could feel good doing it, but by the time the afternoon was over I almost felt selfish because I felt soooo good.”
Chantal and her friends made a video of their afternoon (turn on your speakers to enjoy the music).
Chantal is just part of a growing movement of people around the globe taking part in the Free Hugs Campaign. What started in Sydney, Australia, has spread across all the continents to countries such as Greece, Chile, Japan and Canada. If you’d like to hold your own free hugs event there’s no better time than on International Free Hugs day (the first Saturday in July). For more information see the official Free Hugs website.
What does a hug mean to you? Have you been moved by any of the free hug videos?