New Book Tells Why All You Need Is Love (and a Hug)

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Author Michael A. Pickles releases new book Hug Someone You Love Today

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“I was inspired to write this book by a past teacher who showed me that our students need hugs, that we all need hugs in this frantic, violent and war-filled world,”

When Dr. Alice Sterling Honig, an authority in the field of early child care and education, researched the importance of human touch in newborns, her findings were startling. One finding showed that babies with less human contact had significantly less brain mass, up to 20 percent less. The importance of human contact is something Michael A. Pickles, author of “Hug Someone You Love Today: And How to Leave Your Personal Signature” (published by Trafford Publishing), learned organically.

“I was inspired to write this book by a past teacher who showed me that our students need hugs, that we all need hugs in this frantic, violent and war-filled world,” says Pickles.

A longtime educator, Pickles still remembers the day when he was handed his first “Hug Someone You Love Today” card.

“During my fourth year of teaching, I had the great privilege of working with an amazing educator by the name of Miss Bezanson,” Pickles remembers. “She taught a grade four class to whom I taught physical education; therefore, I had the opportunity to socialize with her on a daily basis. One afternoon, I was in Miss Bezanson’s class discussing a student who was displaying increasing behavioral problems in my physical education class. Sensing that I was experiencing tremendous stress as a result of this student, she gave me something that touched my heart and reinforced an important life lesson. She handed me a small paper card entitled ‘Hug Someone You Love Today.’”

From that day on Pickles was a dedicated card carrier. In his new book, he shares with readers some of the heart-felt, true stories that he has accumulated over the years as a result of passing out the cards.

With the release of “Hug Someone You Love Today,” Pickles looks forward to seeing the positive effects it will have on the lives of readers. “I want my readers to feel hopeful, inspired and energized to positively take on the world.”

About the Author
Michael A. Pickles (BA, BEd, MEd) has been teaching for 17 years in Canada, twice in South America (Guyana and Ecuador) and once in Malawi, Africa.

Pickles has also co-authored a book entitled “The Path to Success” alongside "The Secret" guru Sandy Forster. He is currently a college instructor in Nunavut, Canada. He dedicates this book to his son Sebastian.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit


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