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National Hugging Day

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Dayanara Burgos-Ramos
Dayanaras friend Wendoly hugging her cat Cleo on national hug day

Are you participating in National Hugging Day this year? On January 21st, International Hugging Day is celebrated to spread warmth and happiness through the act of hugging. Kevin Zaborney wanted to motivate us to hug our loved ones on this day. He purposely planned a hugging day between Christmas and Valentine’s Day to pour a little love into the hearts of our loved ones. The importance of giving someone a simple hug can be very impactful and can change their day. A hug can build trust and help a person feel safe. Hugging one another helps heal uneasy feelings such as isolation, anger, and loneliness. Scientifically proven, hugs can reduce the harmful effects of stress, relieve blood pressure, and ensure a healthy heart.

A hug is not only an action to show love or kindness to one another, it’s now considered an immune booster. Multiple studies in adults have proven a hug can boost your heart health, reduce physical pain, and protect you against illness. If you are one to struggle with social anxiety or lack communication skills, a simple hug can help improve your social life. Scientists have found that with a simple touch of another person, people are more comfortable and open to expressing themselves and their emotions way more easily by a simple hug.  

So take some time out of your day to give someone a hug this year on National Hugging Day. It can be your family, friends, loved ones, pets, or maybe even a stranger.  You never know how much a hug could mean to one another and just who might need one. 

ᵔᴥᵔ    ʕ´• ᴥ•̥`ʔ

go hug someone (Joanne Tolles)

 

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Dayanara Burgos-Ramos, Staff Writer
Meet Dayanara, She is one of the kindest, funniest and realest people you will get to know. She always brings conversation and good vibes into the room. Dayanara is a Junior at ACE who doesn't play when it comes to her education. Those at ACE will say she is very talkative and friendly. After School she works at a restaurant and takes care of kitten Smokey. During her free time Dayanara likes to workout, draw and spend time with loved ones and her boyfriend. Some fun facts about Dayanara is that she enjoys listening to reggaeton, her favorite color is red and she loves helping others
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I am an English teacher, writer and poet, animal lover, happily married wife and grandmother, and recently, newspaper advisor for my school again. I am passionate about teaching my students how to find and use their unique voices. It is through writing that we become more aware, more human, and more effective in making the world a better place. Here is my lesson plan! Unchained and Free – My Life Lesson Plan Unchained and free. Liberated and alive. Curious and full of wonder. That is my lesson objective for the children. Writing words of truth. Declaring phrases or empowerment. Thinking critically. Creating new and awesome products. Those are my planned activities for the students. Making the world ripe for peace. Fostering justice and equity for all. Spreading love, learning, and awareness wherever they roam. That is my home work assignment. Unchained and free. That is the title of my life lesson plan. And what standard am I teaching? The student will assimilate ways to save humanity. Will you join me? Will you engage in liberation? Will you touch a generation with fierce passion? If you do, Your final evaluation score will be beyond innovating.      
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