national hug day


On January 21, we celebrate International Hug Day.

In the 1980s, Kevin Zaborney, a psychologist at the University of Michigan, began to study the recurring stress in most individuals and found that receiving more hugs may improve their mental, emotional, and physical health. So he decided to make January 21 International Hug Day. This was later popularised by Chase, which placed it on its yearly event calendar.

Even though hugging is one of the most natural actions, it is not frequently practised these days! Hugging is a way of showing support; it makes people happy, it shows compassion and understanding, and it demonstrates that feelings are natural. Kids especially love this occasion since they are usually the ones that hug others the most and aren’t hesitant to express their emotions.

What numbers say: A hug reduces stress by 32%. 

  • Humans require eight hugs every day for upkeep. 
  • 20 seconds is the average length of a hug. 
  • 10 seconds of hugging causes biochemical changes in the body that improve health. 

Hugging may be quite relaxing and restorative, and it serves as a tangible confirmation of your presence in someone’s life. It’s why we embrace when we’re upset, happy, or stressed out. A hug’s loving touch fosters a sense of security and trust. This facilitates direct and truthful conversation. Hugs immediately raise oxytocin levels, which calm and fight depressive, angry, and lonely moods.

These days make sure that your immune system is boosted by giving as many hugs as you can. You may give it to a friend, a stranger, your pet or yourself. Words also embrace, so if you are unable to physically hug someone because you are away in another city or country, send a message of affection.

Here are some quotes that may inspire you to spread warmth and hugs:

  1. “A hug a day keeps the demons at bay”. – German Proverb
  2. “Be a love pharmacist: dispense hugs like medicine—they are!” – Terri Guillemets, quotation anthologist
  3. “If you have loved ones today you should hug them. Memories cannot be hugged”. – Maria Bastida, lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Santiago de Compostela
  4. “You can never have too many books or too many hugs”. – Gina House, writer
  5. “A kiss without a hug is like a flower without the fragrance”. – Proverb
  6. “If you’re angry at a loved one, hug that person. And mean it. You may not want to hug – which is all the more reason to do so. It’s hard to stay angry when someone shows they love you, and that’s precisely what happens when we hug each other.”— Walter Anderson, painter and writer
  7. “I have learned that there is more power in a good strong hug than in a thousand meaningful words”. – Ann Hood, novelist
  8. “That’s what people do who love you. They put their arms around you and love you when you’re not so lovable”. ― Deb Caletti, writer
  9. “When you hug someone, never be the first to let go”. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr., author of inspirational books
  10. “A hug delights, warms, and charms. That must be why God gave us arms”. – Lashana Harney, journalist and photographer


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