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Tom was on TV About the Hugging World Record!

Tom was on TV About the Hugging World Record!

Roses are red, Violets are blue. Hugs are free, For me and you! On Thursday, November 3, we hosted Student Free Hugs Day.  Thank you to the College of DuPage for hosting the attempt at breaking a world record for the most number of hugs in one minute. It was an honor for Tom to do this at his alma mater, especially during Free Hugs Day. It is always a pleasure to interact with our community in amazing events like this one. Breaking a world record was just the cherry on top. 🙂 Ch-ch-check it out! #TeamHuman

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That’s a Wrap on Free Hugs Day 2016!

That’s a Wrap on Free Hugs Day 2016!

Another Free Hugs Day is in the books! Over 30,000 hugs were pledged with over 40 schools. Thank YOU, the Swift Kick community, for an amazing day. Check out some Free Hugs facts and videos from this years event:   Swift Kick’s official video Bridgewater State University Texas Tech Want in on more fun? Keep an eye out for Random Acts of Kindness Day on April 13th!

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Elections Make Us… (A Flowchart)

Elections Make Us… (A Flowchart)

In an uncertain time, we should remember that we are always stronger together. Stay positive and share love. #TeamHuman

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4 Excuses You Can’t Use for Not Participating in Free Hugs Day

4 Excuses You Can’t Use for Not Participating in Free Hugs Day

Are you ready for Free Hugs Day?! Many of you will be nodding your heads saying, “YES! LET ‘S DO THIS!” Others might not have a clue. And yet, others (and this post is for you) might be making excuses as to why you can’t run a Free Hugs Day on your campus. Here are some excuses we simply won’t accept:   I don’t have time to hug people. 6 seconds, people. That’s all it takes. You can spend 5 minutes in between classes holding your sign in the hallway. It will still make an impact. In fact, stand in the doorway and greet people with Free Hugs as they come into class. I don’t have people to hug. That’s the fun of it. Just hold up the sign. People will come to you. They won’t be able to help it. I don’t […]

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3 Types of Hugs for 3 Types of Moments

3 Types of Hugs for 3 Types of Moments

Every now and then I like to dwell think about my pageant days. Not because I am vain, but because if selected to represent New Jersey at Miss America, I think I would have done a darn good job. That moment would have changed my life forever. Who knows if I would even be writing these words if I was called as the winner and not first runner up. No matter the moment, there are gestures in the form of hugging that send the message you need at the time. Here’s a few: The Nervous/Supportive Hug “I really want to win, but you’re cool too and I would be happy if you won too!” There are different hugs that we all experience and some happen right before or after a moment that ends up defining you, at least for a little […]

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5 Adjectives to Describe Random Acts of Kindness Day 2016 #RAK16

5 Adjectives to Describe Random Acts of Kindness Day 2016 #RAK16

It’s Random Acts of Kindness Day! You knew that though, since we haven’t shut up about it. As always, we drafted up a half-time post for you so you could see the good stuff for yourself. Without further ado, 5 adjectives to describe #RAK16 so far: Contagious #RAK16 – I had someone read my RAK awareness poster and then they give me a high 5 because "Hey, it's Random Acts of Kindness day!" #Proud — Marina Garza (@mmichellegarza) April 12, 2016 Adorable Happy #RAK16 Day! Enjoy the little things. Thanks @marinametric ! A photo posted by Celeste McNiel (@coolceleste) on Apr 12, 2016 at 8:09am PDT Intellectual #RAK16 – A STEM professor just gave their class bonus points on a test for the fact that it is Random Acts of Kindness Day! Wow! — Marina Garza (@mmichellegarza) April 12, 2016 […]

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7 Random Act of Kindness Ideas You Can Use on #RAK16

7 Random Act of Kindness Ideas You Can Use on #RAK16

    Excited to use these ideas? Pledge your RAKs now for April 12th and join us on #RAK16 Day 🙂

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Do you want to build a snowman? Getting People Involved is Sometimes the Hardest Part

Do you want to build a snowman? Getting People Involved is Sometimes the Hardest Part

This past week, thanks to a random snow storm, both the school I work for and the school I attend had snow days. While this sadly did not stop the massive amount of work that needed to be done for the day, after a successful morning of work I ran into two of my lovely Resident Assistants. That is when my break from my massive work load began. Running into my two Resident Assistants just hanging out and sitting around doing nothing gave me the great idea for using the snow to our advantage.  I started by asking of them if they wanted to build a snowman, go sledding, and have a snowball fight with me.  To my surprise one answered “yes” and the other answered “no”.  Now the challenge was to get the one resident assistant that said “no” […]

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Spaghetti and Meatballs with a Side of Trust

Spaghetti and Meatballs with a Side of Trust

Why have a lazy weekend when you can experience the opportunities of growth, trust, and respect through meatballs?  Yes, I said meatballs!  More specifically, a spaghetti and meatball dinner. This weekend I opened my apartment to my eight resident assistants and my fellow graduate resident director for a spaghetti dinner, and the outcome was amazing!  Through opening up my space of comfort to my staff, the eight resident assistants came to the first spring semester staff meeting with a new sense of openness and trust about themselves as well.  I saw the new spring semester resident assistant staff discuss stories about each of their families and backgrounds, while the other graduate resident director and I were cooking, and we became overjoyed.  My fellow coworker and I were overjoyed simply because we knew the spring semester was off to a great […]

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How Losing Your Dogs Can Build A Community

How Losing Your Dogs Can Build A Community

This past weekend I stepped away from being a campus leader for a day, and was able to make it to a family party nearby. It was my brother and his wife’s housewarming party. I was so excited! I was about to check out their new house, hang out with family members, play with my brother’s 3 big dogs, compete with my brothers in corn hole, and last but not least, be reunited with my Aunt Marg’s famous cinnamon cheesecake.  🙂 It was my chance to get away from a hectic semester of classes, events, and service, but it all did not go as planned… (dun-dun-dun) While my brother and I were setting up for the party beforehand, someone had accidentally left the gate open behind them when they came in (it was definitely me.) Wouldn’t you know it, all 3 […]

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