Throw off your chains of reserved stoicism, my friends! There's a day that celebrates the simple, warm, and oh-so-human act of hugging, and it's called - you guessed it - National Hugging Day. It's all about breaking down barriers and giving out some fluffy, no-strings-attached hugs. Yes, we are talking about the whole nine yards of hugging here, just without turning it into a rugby tackle gone wrong!
It's national hugging day on the 21st January.
Before we get into the loving embrace of National Hugging Day, we need to squeeze out some history. National Hugging Day popped onto the scene in 1986. It was created by Kevin Zaborney, a man who deserves his own historical monument for making hugging a national pastime. He chose January 21st because it fell between the Christmas holidays and Valentine's Day, when he noticed people were foundering in a sea of mid-winter jadedness.
Here's a fun fact. Did you know hugging can actually improve your health? You'd be amazed what a pair of cuddling arms can do. Hugging is an excellent stress-buster, it lowers your heart rate, makes you happier, and even strengthens the immune system. So, if you find yourself wavering on whether to celebrate this day, consider this your doctor's prescription.
Now, in case you're nervous, let's review the hugging protocol. Firstly, always respect personal boundaries. Not everyone may be ready for a full-blown bear hug at 8 in the morning. Post your hugs, real and virtual, on social media with the hashtag #NationalHuggingDay. It's a beautiful way of sending out feels, especially to those who could really do with a hug.
The year 2021 saw the most mentions of National Hugging Day on the internet. Thanks to social distancing rules, traditional hugging had to take a backseat. But did we stop? Nah. We switched to virtual hugging, showing that no matter what the obstacle, the human spirit (and the desire to hug) cannot be quashed!
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