National Hugging Day

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National Hugging Day in USA in 2023
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Dates of National Hugging Day
2023 USA Saturday, January 21stNational Hugging Day
2022 USA Friday, January 21stNational Hugging Day
2021 USA Thursday, January 21stNational Hugging Day
2020 USA Tuesday, January 21stNational Hugging Day
2019 USA Monday, January 21stNational Hugging Day
Summary
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National Hug Day or National Hugging Day is an annual holiday created by Rev. Kevin Zaborney. It occurs on January 21st and is officially recognized by the United States Copyright Office, but is not a public holiday. The holiday was founded on March 29th 1986 in Caro, Michigan, and has since spread to multiple countries.

Zaborney decided to start the holiday when he saw, that after the holidays people seemed to be a little low in spirit, especially between the gap that follows after Christmas, New Year, and Valentine’s Day.

He wanted to introduce a day like Hugging Day to cheer everyone up. Kevin felt that many Americans are reluctant to express their feelings in public, so a day like this would help change that. He also asked people to always respect the personal space of others, and act accordingly.

Hugging is Good for You!

Hugging brings joy, comfort and increases the bonds between people. Not only does it bring positivity and sweetness in relationships. Hugging is also known for its other beneficial aspects such as stress reduction, better heart health, and improved immunity. Hugging generates oxytocin in the brain which is a chemical (neurotransmitter) that is responsible for happiness.

Because hugging is something everyone can do and because it is a healthful form of touching, this day should be spent hugging anyone who will accept a hug, especially family and friends.

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