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These Things Will Make You Want to Hug Someone Today

Get into the habit of hugging someone this year!
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We have all heard of hugs and have felt its wonders, too. Hugs are one of the warmest things you could ever feel in your whole life. You give hugs when you're happy, appreciative, and thankful. But did you know that hugging someone has health benefits both for the one giving it and the one receiving it? Now you have more reasons to hug someone! Free hugs, anyone? 

  1. Hugs can relieve stress.

Apparently, hugs make our bodies relax and release tension. The amount of the stress hormone cortisol produced in our bodies lowers down, heightens our mood, and calms our brain making us think clearly than when we were stressed. Isn't it nice to know that all we need to do is hug someone to release some stress? Yay for hugs! (via USNews.com)

  1. Hugs can take away your pain.

Just like exercising, hugging releases endorphins that ease our burdens. If you're having a bad day and are too lazy to go to the gym and exercise, giving someone (your BFF or your BF!) can help. You'll never know, they may also be in need of a hug!

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  1. Hugs can increase your faith in yourself.

If you're ever doubting yourself and are in need of a confidence boost, hug someone or even something that you love. Hugs reduce worries and fears. They make us feel special and increase our self-esteem. So if you know someone who has an upcoming final exam or presentation, give them a hug.

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  1. Hugs can actually help future generations.

An Emory University study found that when you hug humans while they're still young, it can build a sense of trust and safety as they grow. So if you realize you're easily stressed as an adult, maybe you need some more hugs to survive and live. We encourage you to hug kids and babies, too, because it can be a win-win situation for the both of you! (via HuffingtonPost.com)

  1. Hugs can be a good alternative for medicines.

With our busy schedule, we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. If you think you're going to get sick or feel that you're just exhausted, it's time to hug someone. When someone hugs you, it activates the Pacinian corpuscles and sends signals to the vague nerve that can lower heart rate and help decrease blood pressure and cardiac illness. Also, the response of moisture and electricity over the skin balances the parasympathetic nervous system, a.k.a the rest and digest system. Hugs aren't just for happy feelings, Candy Girls! (via MindBodyGreen.com)

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  1. Hugs strengthen your relationship with someone you love.

Embracing someone releases oxytocin, also known as the cuddle hormone, which makes us feel fuzzy inside, wanting to bond with someone we love. It heals feelings like loneliness, solitude, and displeasure, and replace them with feelings of intimacy and assurance. If you and someone you love had a fight, just hug it all out.

Feel like giving someone a hug now? :)

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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