|When is National Hug Day?|
|What is National Hug Day?|
National Hug Day is a yearly celebration invented by the Reverend Kevin Zaborney in 1986. It falls on January 21 each year (some sources say May 2). This informal holiday is designed to encourage more hugging among friends, relatives, acquaintances, and even strangers. The dreary days of mid-January can be brightened with hugs for all.
Research into hugging shows that humans need physical contact to maintain optimal physical, emotional, and mental health. People who get regular hugs have a heartier immune system, less stress, and a lower risk of heart disease. Receiving a good, long hug from a loved one boosts oxytocin levels, leading to a good feeling. Celebrate hug day by embracing those you love. You can also hug those you don't know as well-but be sure to ask first!