Do You Need A Hug? #FREEHUGSDAYPosted By Jessica Doucette, Paul Mitchell Schools
Mon Sep 23 2013 at 7:55 PM, Last Edit: Wed Nov 13 2013
Whether it’s a warm embrace by a loved one, a tight squeeze by your best friend, or simply holding someone in your arms, a hug is one of the best ways to show your affection. Scientifically, holding someone tightly in your arms can help decrease the feeling of loneliness, combat fear, increase self-esteem, defuse tension and show your appreciation towards them due to a hormone called oxytocin. Oxytocin helps reduce cortisol, leading to a healthy heart and reduces depression, leading to a happier you!
This year, on September 24, 2013, an army of 16,000 Future Beauty Professionals will take to the streets throughout the continental United States and Hawaii for Paul Mitchell School’s fifth annual Free Hugs Day. The “Free Hugs Campaign is just one of the many ways our future beauty professionals show their passion and compassion in their local communities,” expresses Paul Mitchell Schools Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh. “As members of the beauty industry, we’re in the business of helping people look beautiful. More important, it's part of our 'be nice' culture to help people FEEL beautiful.”
Dressed in their signature black outfits and carrying handmade “Free Hugs” signs, students and staff from the network’s 100 schools put down their combs, march out the door and head for plazas, parks and other popular spots, offering free hugs in effort to shine some happiness and beauty throughout their local community.
Participate this September 24th and share your photos with the hashtag #FREEHUGSDAY to help us spread our ‘be nice’ culture! Click here to learn more about the origin of our Free Hugs Campaign!
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