Generating Happiness worldwide, one HUG at a time!
Captain Super Hugs Comic book. Road Trip to Denver, CO connecting with The Bloom Wagon to #SpreadHappy. Research trip to Bhutan and raising funds for the SuperHugs project! Click here
This project can only survive with the help of passionate volunteers that understand the need to spread the message of hugging. Wanna become a HUGGER? Click here
MISSION & VISION
To improve lives through the simple selfless act of a HUG. Generating Happiness worldwide one HUG at a time! A hug, a compliment, a helping hand or just simple smile, not only can brightens someone's day, including yours!
Generating Happiness worldwide one HUG at a time!
The SuperHugs mission is to improve lives through the simple act of a HUG. The simple action of embracing someone—even a stranger— will not only brighten the day for the individual that you are hugging, but your own psyche for the rest of the day. Moreover, practicing this simple act regularly can make a profound difference in your own life. This platonic form of touch represents and demonstrates friendship, brotherhood/sisterhood, sympathy and most importantly LOVE. Hugging indicates, support, comfort, consolation and empathy. Hugging is a form of affection that brings emotional warmth, compassion, acceptance, joy and happiness to both the hugger and the huggee. Research has even shown that hugs are therapeutic. Did you know that hugging is actually healthy for you?
Studies show that "At the center of how our bodies respond to love and affection is a hormone called oxytocin. Most of our oxytocin is made in the area of the brain called the hypothalamus. Some is released into our bloodstream, but much of its effect is thought to reside in the brain.
Oxytocin does more than make us feel good. It lowers the levels of stress hormones in the body, reducing blood pressure, improving mood, increasing tolerance for pain and perhaps even speeding how fast wounds heal. It also seems to play an important role in our relationships. It’s been linked, for example, to how much we trust others." Read more here
We like to say "8 HUGS A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY".
NBC Today published an article late last year about how a hug a day may keep the sniffles away.
"Hugging can help prevent a cold virus or lessen symptoms in people who are already sick, according to a recent study published in Psychological Science.
We're told to avoid sweaty, germy handshakes during cold and flu season, but the warm embrace of a close friend or loved one may actually improve immune system functioning, says Sheldon Cohen, a professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University and lead author of the study" read more about it here
So if is so good, why don't we do it more often? Well that's were we come in, our mission is to spread the word about the benefits of a HUG. Hugging is just one of the many ways to express kindness, it has a ripple affect to many other awesome gestures, like smiling, complimenting someone, helping, being generous, expressing gratitude, etc. All of this gestures, not only can help someone else, but it can definitely transform your life.
Thank you for your support, help us spread the word and go hug someone, it does the body good!
Johanna "Jo" Mantilla
I truly believe that hugging someone makes a difference in their life, not just theirs, but yours too; it definitely has made a difference in mine. I remember my first "FREE HUG" experience like it was yesterday. It is still up until now one of the best nights of my life...