Wednesday, 22 January 2014

National Hugging Day

Today is National Hugging Day! (It might now have been yesterday with you!) Whether you prefer Bear Hugs, Heart-to-Heart Hugs, Cheek Hugs, or Side Hugs, embrace your loved ones today to show your love and affection.




Yellow and Blue Macaws taken in Paraguay

Scientific studies have demonstrated that hugs are incredibly good for us.  A hug can lower your blood pressure, trigger the release of healthy hormones (like oxytocin), and relieve stress.  Doctors recommend a minimum of 4-6 hugs per day for our emotional and physiological well-being, but more is always better!

The record for most hugs given in one hour by an individual is 1,749.

So a hug from me to you.





As you can see my  blog is up and running again and I want to thanks all those bloggers who sent comments, suggestions and emails to encourage me.  I appreciate very single one.  I will officially be resuming next week as I am at present birding with 11 others in Scotland.  I hope to have some good photos and stories to share with you when I return so have a great week.


I am linking this with WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY

Thank you for visiting today

28 comments:

  1. Cute shot of the Macaws. I am happy that your blog is up and running again..Have a great day!

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  2. I love the macaws!! I missed hug-day; I didn't know :( Glad you're up and running/blogging again too Margaret; enjoy that Scottish sojourn

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  3. Its good that you are up and running again Margaret.

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  4. Woo Hoooooo!! Yipeeee! Did it just come up on its own, or did you find out something that you had to do. ???? Have a wonderful itme birding in Scotland. Wish I was there too.... Will look forward to seeing you when you get back! and glad to see you

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  5. HI Jeanne Apart from blogger not working for me, I got scammed trying to fix it and had to have my total system wiped clean losing all my emails and folders but my photos and documents are saved which is at least great. I was so upset, I have not gone on blogger or commented however I am back now, at least next week I will be. Of now to Scotland.

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  6. I will hug my cats. And maybe my husband. Ha!

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  7. Here's a hug for you! We are using a slow old computer because our newer one quit on us... I hope it gets back soon. It's hard to visit all my faves when it takes so long. Have fun in Scotland.

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  8. Lovely colours on those Macaws Margaret. And thank you for your hug- here is one from me to you too :-)

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  9. Glad to see you are back in blogland.

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  10. Yay Your blog is working now....thanks so much for sticking with it and not giving up. these things happen at Blogger Google and it does take some time to get it sorted out. I guess only the strong survive here. Very happy all is sorted out now and happy birding to you in Scotland. I give you the award of being very BRAVE!!! I am curious on how one would get scammed when fixing a blog....your experience and how you fixed it may help other bloggers so please consider giving us the steps on how you fixed and what worked and what did not. We are all bloggers here and going through the same experiences as you in using this format and still learning it all.

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  11. Welcome back Margaret, have a good time in Scotland...[;o)

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  12. Glad to have you back up and running!

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  13. You captured a beautiful hug. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  14. OH---love that photo of the Macaws… So sweet….

    HUGS to you,
    Betsy

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  15. Oh, that sounds like fun to go on a birding trip to Scotland! I hope you have a wonderful time! ...And YES, hugs are so necessary for well being. I know I sure need them!

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  16. What a great post Margaret.

    Crested Tit???? let me know how you go on, I am think of traveling up to Loch Garten very soon for them

    Dave

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  17. Hi Dave
    Just arrived at the hotel on Granton on Spey having left my home at 5 .00am!! Now 4.00 pm and we have seen 52 species of birds today and that was through viewing from ferry, mini van and when we stopped for lunch. Ee are going to a hide. T hopefully see the pine Martens or anything else that's out there. hen I will fall into bed!!!!

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  18. Glad you're back in business.....I know how that can be:) I've been there:)

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  19. Great post! Nice photo and great words.

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  20. And a congratulatory hug to you, Margaret. I imagine your blood pressure was a bit elevated during the blogger issues.

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  21. Hugs to you! Pretty Macaws. I know you're enjoying yourself. Glad to see you are blogging again!

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  22. Glad you were able to get it going again!
    ((Hugs)) to you too :)

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  23. Sounds like you're on a great trip, Margaret! Wishing you all the best in your search for lots of birds!
    Hugging Day? My wife insists every day is so designated!

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  24. I love the parrots. I'm so happy you can upload photos again. Have a great trip!

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