July 30, 2021: There’s something magical about a hug that instantly brightens your day. Maybe it’s the warmth of someone you care about being nearby, or the sense of security and unity that comes from being surrounded by other people’s arms, or the reality that you can’t give without receiving. Whatever it is, sharing a hug with someone who is willing to offer or receive one is never a bad idea. And to celbrate that? Share a Hug Day.
Share a Hug Day: History
Mike Brundritt lost his wife and son in a horrific car accident one night, and hence Share a Hug Day was created. Brundritt decided to share one of his family’s most important traditions with the world, that of giving and receiving hugs frequently and with abandon, with a determination to convert everything negative into a positive. He realised how life-changing a hug could be, and how a simple display of kindness like that in a hug could be precisely what someone needed in their life.
The Story of Mike – The founder of Share a Hug Day
“I am Mike Brundritt, I once lived a wonderful life. I was married to the woman of my dreams with plans to be married forever, and had spent 19yrs together. We both had successful jobs, were positive members of the community, and our church. We were raising two great sons; our oldest son was involved with every sport he could play, while our youngest enjoyed video games. As a family, friends and other family members have always surrounded us and have been a part of our lives. I would have said I was pretty fortunate.
On the afternoon of July 30, 2017, everything changed, we were returning home from a family vacation, camping. During our drive we were involved in a motor vehicle collision in which we were hit from behind by a transport truck. This collision, in the blink of an eye, changed my whole world. My wife and oldest son passed away immediately. My youngest son and I both survived the accident but we both have mental issues since, and I am also recovering from back injuries. It has been a long road to make a recovery, and it still is.
Fast forward to the first anniversary of the accident. A few days before the anniversary I was thinking of ways that I could honour and remember my wife and son. I was remembering how much of a loving family we were, always sharing hugs, both as a greeting, or a goodbye. It was also a way to say I love you. A hug was also shared between many friends after the accident. A hug is a special connection between people that lets each other know they are cared about. The idea came to me that I could start a hug day to honour the lives of my family.
I woke up on July 30, 2018 with the idea that I wanted to start a special day, the problem was that I did not know how to start it. I started with a post on my Facebook profile, and it was shared with friends. Friends and family then shared my message further, and the message magically took off. Within days it was shared across Canada, to various parts of the United States, to England, Lebanon, and Australia. I was contacted by the local news and my message was spread even more. I was amazed how fast and far my message has travelled.”
Beneficiaries of a hug
Hugs have been proved to have amazing health benefits, including the release of endorphins and the reduction of stress and mental suffering. People who hug more often have been proven to have higher levels of compassion and can cope better with situations that are distressing for others. Hugs have been found to improve moods, relieve pain, and provide additional benefits to all parties involved.
How should one celebrate the Share A Hug Day
Doing exactly what it says on the tin is the greatest way to celebrate Share a Hug Day! Give a hug to someone who appears to be in desperate need of one! If you’re in need of a hug or are simply feeling depressed, you can ask someone else to hug you. Hugs are one of the best methods to experience platonically human touch, which is extremely crucial to our well-being. Always ask if the person you wish to hug or be hugged by is okay with it; sharing hugs should always be done with consent.