by Sandra Murphy
Inspire peace and unity by participating in National Hugging Day, January 21. The Los Angeles location wants to set a new Guiness Book World Record but if you can’t make it to LA, plan your own hugging party. The three World Record categories are:
The first hugs from space. A NASA astronaut at the International Space Station will appear on the jumbo screen to give virtual hugs from space to honored attendees wearing kinetic sensor vests provided by Scio Arts, the creators of out-of-this-world-games and VR.
The most 21 second hugs. Long hugs release oxytocin, benefiting the human stress response, immune function, sleep patterns, blood pressure and self-esteem.
What kind of celebration can you have? Music of course, food, set a record—if not a World Record, at least for your neighborhood, a “celebrity” hugging booth, collect Huggies diapers for homeless shelters or churches to distribute to those in need. Invent hugging games like Rent-a-Grandma for hugs.