National Hug Day or National Hugging Day occurs on January 21st and is officially recognized by the United States Copyright Office, but is not a public holiday.
The purpose of the day is to help everyone show more emotion in public. The only way to celebrate the day is by offering a hug to anyone and everyone you want.
While US Hug Day and the Free Hugs Campaign share many similarities, there is not an association between the two.
Whether you hug a family member or a stranger, the mental and physical health benefits are the same. From the day we are born, hugs or touch improve our sleep. Hugging, like cuddling, releases oxytocin.
On its own, this hormone provides tremendous health benefits. Not only does it give us feel-good hormones, but it reduces pain.
Receiving a hug helps reduce stress, lowers blood pressure, and lowers the risk of heart disease. It also eases anxiety.
History of National Hugging Day:
It was created by Kevin Zaborney and occurs annually on January 21st. The day was first celebrated on January 21, 1986, in Clio, Michigan, USA.
Kevin Zaborney is credited with coming up with the idea of National Hugging Day in 1986. He chose January 21st as it fell between the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays and Valentine’s Day.
How to observe National Hugging Day:
Give someone a big hug. Or, if you need one, ask for a hug and reap the benefits. You can also give a mental hug.
Let someone know you care by sending warm, cheerful words of encouragement to those in your circle.
Boost their joy by letting them know how much they mean to you with a verbal hug until you can give them the real one.
National Hugging Day traditions:
The best way National Hugging Day is celebrated is by spreading the love and offering a hug to your friends and family. It’s amazing how much difference a simple hug can make.
Spend your day letting your nearest and dearest know that you’re there for them by giving them hugs and lifting their spirits.