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No one should go without a hug on Jan. 21: It's National Hugging Day

January is National Hugging Day
January is National Hugging Day

No one should go without a hug today. Jan. 21 is National Hugging Day!

A hug is a universal form of physical intimacy, in which two people put their arms around the neck, back, or waist of one another and hold each other closely.

There are several types of hugs, and surely you are entitled to get one or more. Whether you like giving or receiving bear hugs, heart-to-heart hugs, cheek hugs, or side hugs, embrace people today to show your love and affection.

Research and studies have concluded that hugs are good for us, and everyone loves getting a hug from time to time. However, it is extremely beneficial if everyone could get hugs everyday for the following reasons:

  • A hug can lower your blood pressure.
  • A hug triggers the release of healthy hormones (like oxytocin), and relieve stress.
  • Hugs are quite therapeutic.

Doctors recommend a minimum of 4-6 hugs per day for our emotional and physiological well-being, but more is always better, if you can get them.

The record for most hugs given in one hour by an individual is 1,749. Nick Vujicic, who was born without arms and legs, achieved this experience at an expo center in Oregon in 2010.

Find out more about National Hugging Day and celebrate it by giving and gladly receiving hugs today. You can create a hug chain, host a hug-a-thon, initiate a group hug, or substitute hugging for handshakes in honor of the occasion.

Happy hugging to you today!

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