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The Art of Hugging: A Heartwarming Guide to Everyone's Favorite Gesture of Love Paperback – June 5, 2012
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About the Author
Brainard Carey was born in Manhattan, New York, and grew up in Yonkers. After attending undergraduate art school at SUNY Purchase, he moved to Rhode Island and opened a gallery and began publishing a literary magazine. Carey then moved back to New York City, where he met Delia Bajo, and cofounded Praxis, which was invited to be in the Whitney Biennial in 2002 and to be in a solo show there in 2007, as well as other venues around the world. Carey also has a mentoring/ educational business that helps artists to write grants, exhibit, and advance their careers. He splits his time between New York City and a studio in New Haven, Connecticut, where he has a radio show on Yale radio WYBC called The Art World Demystified.
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In the first chapter when Delia and Brainard Carey are defining different hugs they give an example of "The Self Hug," which I don't think I've conscientiously preformed before, but I'm a pretty open person, so when they asked me to stop reading and give myself one, it felt rather wonderful. (Of course I am an excellent hugger.) Here's the quote, try it.
"The Self-Hug | That's right-you can create a hug with an army of one! That may seem a bit crazy, but in truth, it only takes one person to give a hug. You can hug yourself. It is simple, and you can do it when you are alone, if you like. Stop reading this book and give yourself a hug. It can be a short one, but just try it, and while you are going it, close your eyes and compliment yourself. Try it now."
They pull up research to back up what we all feel when we hug, that it's very healthy for us. From lower blood pressure and stress, to a boost in your immune system to significant increases in oxytocin (happiness hormone), they include the studies of scientific data to back it up. The Careys go on to explain how hugs became part of their art practice facilitating their rise in the art world, creating the "Free Hug" movement, how to set up your own free hug event/performance (and what to expect), and how it became their religious practice.
I'm familiar with Carey's writing, and their sincerity and practicality are as disarming as they are inspiring. I highly recommend checking "The Art of Hugging" out. And give a hug today.
David F. Starr
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