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Hug Train rolls through Winnipeg

Arié Moyal has travelled the equivalent of twice around the world—through giving hugs.

Since Moyal launched his project, The HugTrain, six years ago, he has given countless hugs to weary holiday travellers in train stations and cities across Canada and the US during what is supposed to be a joyous time of year.

“Financial difficulties, family issues, seasonal affective disorder and social isolation mean that the holidays are particularly stressful for many of us,” said Moyal in a release.

Research shows that hugs are beneficial for overall physical and mental health, raising levels of the oxytocin, elevating feelings of attachment, connection, trust and intimacy, said the release.

During this tour, Moyal’s six week journey will be the subject of a documentary chronicling his efforts to raise spirits through hugs across North America. He also launched a free HugTrain app for those looking to give or receive a hug in their area.

The HugTrain aims to raise funds for people who are struggling with mental health through The Canadian Mental Health Association and To Write Love on Her Arms.

The sixth annual HugTrain began its journey on Dec. 4 and will stop in Winnipeg at Union Station on Dec. 18 at 8:45 p.m.

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