Hugs from Children in Southern Illinois

It is amazing how a simple hug can impact a child and an adult alike. During Sherrie Gearheart’s school tour in Southern Illinois she was well received after speaking to the students. Below you will see photos of children hugging Sherrie while they explained how they were impacted by her speech which was geared around letting go of fear, how to follow your dreams, anti-bullying techniques, and raising self esteem exercises.  A hug says a million words in this one simple gesture. A hug is filled with love, acceptance, care, and gratitude. Remember to hug one another.

It has been proven that hugs help reduce stress. According to a recent study, hugging increases oxytocin levels, which is a ‘bonding’ hormone—this chemical reaction can help to reduce blood pressure, which in turn reduces the risk of heart disease, but it can also help to reduce stress and anxiety. Hugging is a healthy way to show kindness while increasing quality of life.

Be kind. Be compassionate. Share a hug. You deserve it.
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