National Hugging Day - January 21

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What is National Hugging Day?

National Hug Day or National Hugging Day takes place on January 21 and it is officially recognized by the Copyright Office of the United States, although it is not a holiday. The purpose of the day is to help the public show more emotion. There is only one way to celebrate the holiday, offer a hug to anyone and anyone you want. While there are many similarities between National Hug Day and the Free Hugs Campaign, there is no association between the two. The mental and physical health benefits are the same, whether you hug a family member or a stranger.

How to Celebrate Hugging Day?

Hugging people is the best way to celebrate this holiday! Hug your mom, dad, grandparents, kids, and everyone you know. Give the people in your neighborhood free hugs if you're more bold about your emotions.

Most definitely there will be people out there willing to give back hugs because it's all about spreading love this day. Talk to friends and colleagues about this holiday and urge them by hugging everyone they know, love and meet.

Facts About Hugging

  • Hugging diminishes social anxiety. Positive thinking releases oxytocin. It helps you to have a world outlook that is optimistic. This means you'll feel happier and more social when you arrive at the party where you only know one person.
  • Hugging soothes the pain. What do you do when your back hurts? Rub it, don't you? Even simple touches like this release enough oxytocin to improve your feeling.
  • Further hugs - lower pressure in the body. The hormones released after a hug in the body are not only good for happy feelings. They can also help the health of your body. When someone contacts you, the feeling on your skin stimulates stress receptors called Pacinian corpuscles, which then sends signals to the vagus nerve, a brain area responsible for lowering blood pressure (among many things), NPR said.
  • A full-body hug stimulates your nervous system while decreasing feelings of loneliness, fighting against fear, increasing self-esteem, relieving tension and showing appreciation.
  • When the hug is triggered by positive or negative emotion, you tend to go in with your body's left side, which is controlled by your brain's right side. A lot of positive and negative emotions are processed on the right side of your brain.

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