National Hugging Day
National Hugging Day was founded in the It has spread all over the world
and is called by many names - Hug Day, World Hug Day, Send a Hug Day,
International Hug Day, and even Hug a Bear Day! U.S.A.
Studies have shown that human contact is essential for healthy social, psychological and physical development. Babies who receive regular physical contact gain weight and grow faster than those who are neglected. Researchers trying to discern what promotes happiness have found that physical contact is an integral part of being cheered up, validated, lowering stress levels and just plain old reminding ourselves that we’re human and get a lot from interacting with others.
Kevin Zaborney is credited for creating the unique holiday in 1986. The date of January 21 was chosen because it marks a midpoint between Christmas and Valentines day, where people are figured to be at their emotional low. The holiday was created because Zaborney felt like Americans are embarrassed to show their feelings in public and hoped that a National Hug Day would change that. The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami Medical School has found that French couples spend 3 times as much time touching when compared to Americans. Because of this apprehension to show feeling, Zaborney assumed his idea wouldn't go anywhere and that he would be mocked. National Hug Day is not a public holiday recognized by the United States Federal government, and since Zaborney holds the patent for the day, he is able to collect commercial royalties associated with National Hug Day.
Hugging is one of the best, most natural remedies known to man. If you are blue, feeling down, or just plain out-of-sorts, a great hug can lift your spirits and get you back on track and loving life. They're easy to give (no instructions necessary), free to everyone, and gosh darn it they just feel really GOOD. Celebrate National Hug Day on January 21st by hugging everyone you know (with their permission of course).