Hug More Interview Series – Juan Encalada

At a first glance, Juan is from Ecuador, a copywriter at Koenig & Partners. Safe to say interesting and exotic. But, underneath that obvious exterior there is so much more! Juan is a modern-day hero! A believer and a dreamer! A husband and a father! Along with his wife Alexandra, he co-founded a wonderful Hug The World movement (INSTAGRAM @hug.theworld). He is someone who is determined to make a positive mark on this world. Even though we haven't met yet, we love him for all of the above. O, he is also a drummer! : )

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WHY DO YOU LIKE HUGS?

To me hugs are the purest non verbal expression of feelings. I like to believe that's it's our souls way to say I love you!


WITH WHO DO YOU HUG THE MOST?

Well the person I hug the most is my wife Alexandra, I love her hugs, we have our morning hugging rituals before getting out of bed Hahahah! but when my son Tomás comes home we practically hug all day! Like if a magnet is pulling us together :)


IS THERE A ONE PARTICULAR HUG THAT YOU WOULD POINT OUT AS YOUR FAVOURITE?

Every time I feel sad, down or stressed my son gives me these very unique and special hugs, they are very long and silent, so pure and strong! He has criduchat syndrome so he can't talk but he knows how to communicate and express his feelings, his hugs always bring me to tears of joy! He always reminds me of all the goodness in this world!


IS THERE SOMEONE YOU OWE A HUG?

This one took me a while, but the more I thought of it the more this person came to my mind, so I would have to say I think I owe a hug to my Grandpa.


IF YOU COULD PICK ANYONE, WHO WOULD YOU HUG?

I wish I could hug my niece Danielita, she passed away a long time ago when she was just 2 years old! She had this beautiful smile and curly hair that shined with the sun! :)


AND LASTLY, GIVE US ONE DAMN GOOD REASON WHY WE SHOULD ALL HUG MORE?

Everybody needs to hug_more with each other! Because the world would be a much better place if people hugged more! We need to feel each other but in person, real life feelings! My wife beliefs there's a strong relationship between hugs and empathy. We all need to come together as one and #hugtheworld \o/


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