Hug Day, the annual event that’s devoted to hugging, is celebrated on the 21st of January every year. It was Kevin Zaborney who created this day. It was first celebrated in the 1986 on January 21 in Michigan, USA. There are several other nations (like Russia, Canada, and China) also, which observe this holiday. The whole idea behind celebrating this day is to motivate one and all to hug friends and family more often.
History of Hug Day
Zaborney came up with the idea of celebrating this day in the year 1986 and it was a part of the Calendar of Events of Chase (a friend of Zaborney’s and the granddaughter the specific publication’s proprietor).
The reason why Zaborney selected January 21 is the fact that it was between Christmas and New Year and Valentine’s Day – he found that people generally felt in low spirits during this time. He hoped that celebrating a day like this would lift up their moods.
Reasons to Celebrate Hug Day
If you think, the idea of celebrating Hug Day is strange and not sensible, you are wrong. What’s the importance of this day or rather what are the reasons to be a part of Hug Day? Well, do you need a reason at all to hug your loved ones? Anyway, it’s a fact that hugging has many amazing mental and physical health advantages.
We all know that hugging is great at improving relationships, but did you know that it is also great for relieving existential anxiety? Lots of hugs and cuddles not only result in a satisfied relationship, but also can be a lifesaver at moments when you are in panic. Hugging gives people the warm-and-fuzzies by which we mean oxytocin. This action is capable of stimulating the neurotransmission that is responsible to promote the feelings of contentment and trust while reducing stress. Furthermore, frequent hugs between partners and higher oxytocin levels have been associated with lower blood pressure.
With these many reasons, you don’t have to think twice to celebrate a day wherein you can hug anyone you love and feel better both mentally and physically.
Hugs have always had a way to communicate several emotions devoid of the need to speak. If you are the kind of person, who finds it difficult to express your emotions verbally, hug is what you need. Happy Hug Day!