National Hug Day
National Hug Day was first celebrated Jan. 21, 1986. National Hug Day, which is meant to help people understand the benefits of hugging, is not only celebrated in the United States. The Rev. Kevin Zaborney of Michigan created the holiday. Other countries, such as Canada, Russia and China also "embrace" this yearly holiday. Events in schools, nursing homes, hospitals and libraries have been held yearly ever since this holiday was founded.
There are many ways to celebrate this National Hug Day beyond giving your family members a hug in the morning before heading off to work or school. If you're a parent, you can create crafts with your kids focused on the holiday to bring to Senior Centers, to give to family members as gifts, or to share with their friends at school. You can also start your own specialized celebration groups through church, school, the library, or nursing homes.
Did you know hugging makes you smarter? Yes, it's true! Research has found that hugging stimulates brain cells. According to intelligence researcher Jay Gordon, M.D., co-author of "Brighter Baby," new studies show that children who get some SUSTAINED form of touching, such as a LONG HUG EVERYDAY, are SMARTER. "The more physical contact a little one gets, the more the brain cells are stimulated, creating stronger, faster brain synapses and boosting IQ." . So, hugging is important beyond that of an emotional standpoint. Research has proven this.National Hug Day is a means of expressing the importance of hugging throughout the year. Yes, you can give gifts (a hug makes a nice gift) and you can celebrate (create a hug chain) on the specific day. However, spreading this kind of celebration out on a daily basis is very positive and beneficial to everyone. Hugs have a way of communicating numerous emotions without the need to speak. For those who have difficulty expressing themselves verbally, a hug might be exactly what they need.
A holiday run-in with the NYPD left the native New Yorker irate.Actress Ellen Barkin began 2012 with a Twitter tirade against the New York Police Department and the city's Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as authorities worked to stop Occupy Wall Street demonstrations on New Year's Eve.
The former House speaker and 2012 presidential hopeful complained that he feels "Romney-boated" and even forecasted his own doom in Iowa.Newt Gingrich is admitting defeat. Lagging in the polls just a day before Iowa’s caucuses, the former speaker said that attacks from other candidates have made it nearly impossible for him to pull off an upset. “I don’t think I’m going to win,” he told reporters. “If you look at the numbers, that volume of negativity has done enough damage.” Still, Gingrich said he’d persevere, and “tomorrow night will be a victory because I’m still standing.” The latest poll out of Iowa, conducted by Public Policy Polling, shows Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum in a dead heat for first.
Not only is he licking the wounds of a very public divorce, but the NBA player gets no love on the court, either.Their unique chemistry has helped Kim Kardashian net a fortune.
But it has been claimed one of the reason she ended up splitting up with NBA player Kris Humphries is because he was unhappy with the way she spoke to her family,
RadarOnline claim the basketball journeyman would argue with the reality star because he felt she did not show her relatives enough respect.
A source said: 'Kris just couldn't believe that Kim would speak to her mom with such disrespect, often telling her she had no idea what she was doing, as pertaining to Kris' management of her career.
'On one recent episode of Kourtney and Kim Take New York, Kim called Khloe an "ugly little troll" because she was woken up by her sister, earlier one morning than she liked.
'Kris would never even joke with his parents, nor his sister, Kaela that way. He just wasn't raised that way.'
The mystery source, who is reportedly very close to the situation, also said the 26-year-old had been trying to make her change her ways.
It said: 'Kris tried to approach the subject gingerly with Kim, saying there were other ways to communicate her frustration and anger, rather than using such ugly language, Kim responded by telling him that it was none of his business.'
The former Disney star's career has taken an adults-only turn lately and she's had some international woes this year.LINDSAY LOHAN is threatening to take legal action against a party planning company over allegations her name has been used to promote a New Year's Eve (31Dec11) bash in Dubai.
Michael was making his pop star rounds last fall, when the music came to an abrupt halt in November.According to Reuters, Michael’s publicist said that he was "slowly improving" and is in a Vienna hospital recovering. "George Michael is ill with pneumonia and any other speculation regarding his illness is unfounded and untrue," she said in the statement.
“From the current point of view, the time until recovery cannot be estimated, but he will not be able to perform the rest of the tour,” they said, according to The Associated Press.
Michael, who shot to stardom as the front man for Wham!, was scheduled to perform in dates in the UK, including shows in London, Sheffield, Liverpool, Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow. He had already performed 45 dates on his current tour. Michael’s last new album, Patience was released in 2006. His current tour was called Symphonica.
Newly single Moore tugged at heartstrings when she opened up about her worst fear in a glossy cover story. HER third marriage collapsed after claims emerged Ashton Kutcher had cheated on her.But while the Two and A Half Men star appears to be moving on, having been spotted with Lorene Scafaria recently, Demi Moore has made a frank confession - she fears she isn’t worthy of being loved.The 49-year-old actress made the startling statement to her friend Amanda de Cadenet during an interview with Harper’s Bazaar magazine.
In the February issue of the US magazine, Moore reveals she originally feared being abandoned but that her biggest fear now is "not having the courage to reach her full potential."
"There is no way to reach your fullest potential if you don’t really find the love of yourself," she said.
"What scares me is that I’m going to ultimately find out at the end of my life that I’m really not lovable, that I’m not worthy of being loved. That there’s something fundamentally wrong with me."
As well as speaking out about her anxieties, Moore also opens up about her body image, which has been the subject of much speculation following her split from Kutcher.
The mother-of-three admits to having a "love-hate relationship" with her body but has a more positive feeling towards it now compared to her feelings in the past.
"I sit today in a place of greater acceptance of my body and that includes not just my weight, but all of the things that come with your changing body as you age, to now experiencing my body as extremely thin," she said.