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National Hugging Day (January 21)

Check out the weird holiday National Hugging Day on January 21. Learn the history of Hugging Day, as well as get ideas on how to celebrate.

One weird holiday on January 21 is National Hugging Day. Check out the other weird January holidays!

History of National Hugging Day

This weird holiday was first celebrated in 1986 by Kevin Zaborney in Clio, Michigan, who realized that people tend to feel low in spirits this time of year.

The word “hug” comes from the Old Norse word hugga, which means “to comfort.” It became a more commonly-used word in the 1560s.

It used to be inappropriate to hug or show affection in public (especially in regency times), but it has become more widespread over the last 50 years or so.

Hugging is extremely beneficial to our emotional well-being. Like cuddling, hugging releases oxytocin, which not only produces feel-good hormones in our brain, but it reduces pain as well.

And no, you cannot use this holiday as an excuse to hug anyone you want without their permission.

Ideas for National Hugging Day

Other than giving someone you care about a hug, here are few posts about hugging.

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