Schools like Bridgewater State University, College of DuPage, Loyola University MD, and others are all participating this year in the #FreeHugs16 Day Event. This event is a great way to foster interest, engagement, and positivity throughout campus. With tensions high in our country, we could all use a hug.
Considering joining in? Here are some tips to make the day a success.
Location, Location, Location!
Think student center or freshman quad. Is everyone stressed over tests? Try outside the library. Ask yourself: where can I give the most hugs?
No scaring allowed.
Do not force hugs or chase people with your Free Hugs sign. That ruins the spirit of the day. We want to spread love and good vibes, not terror. Some people don’t want a hug, that’s ok.
Hug in pairs!
It often works best when two or three people are standing in the same general area with Free Hugs signs. Two people can’t both be nutty, right? 😉
Have alternatives ready.
Some people aren’t huggers (I know, I’m shocked, too). There’s no harm in offering a high five to a reluctant passerby! The idea is to get them engaged and maybe make a new friend.
Count those hugs!
Tally up so that at the end of the day, you can see just how big of an impact you made.
That’s it for now! Got more tips? Let us know.
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