Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. TV

No one should go without a hug today: January 21 is National Hugging Day

See also

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!


Today's top buzz...

  • Coachella
    Get ready for the second weekend of Coachella with this fun guide
    Music News
  • St. Louis Rams
    The Rams are offering $100K to anyone who can guess their 2014 schedule correctly
    NFL News
  • X-Men
    The final 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' trailer is here, and it's marvelous
    Hot Trailers
  • Russell Westbrook
    See the NBA playoff teams that might consider making a panic trade
    NBA Buzz
  • Paul Walker
    Paul Walker's brothers will stand in for him on the set of 'Fast and the Furious 7'
    Movies Buzz
  • Matt Moore
    Rays pitcher Matt Moore will be undergoing season-ending elbow surgery
    MLB Buzz

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!