Hugging Day is on the 21st of January every year. If you are a hugger by nature then this day is for you. Created in 1986 by Kevin Zaborney, it is meant to help give people a lift during the time in between the end of year celebrations and Valentine’s Day. This particular time of year is hard for a lot of people after the let down of the holidays and Valentine’s Day, which is another day that gives people something to look forward to.
Let’s face it, social media makes it easier for us to connect with people on many levels, but it is lacking that actual human contact that touch that can provide the comfort, joy, and warmth of a hug or pat on the shoulder. Pandemics, such as Covid-19 do not help this situation either, with people maintaining social distance and staying home is normal, and buzzwords and catchphrases such as social distancing, self-quarantine, and shelter in place are seen and heard daily.
The Science of Hugging
Hugging, as with any form of touch, causes a release of a chemical called oxytocin in our bodies, especially in women. Oxytocin has several nicknames such as the “hug hormone”, ‘cuddle chemical”, or “love hormone”, and with good reason. Oxytocin causes feelings of happiness and love and can ease anxiety, stress, and fear, as well as help lower blood pressure. It has been found to have an especially strong effect on women. New research also shows that it enables your brain to function with more clarity.
How to Give the Perfect Hug
Giving the perfect hug is easier than you would think.
Hold the hug ~ Take some time to really give a firm, medium pressure embrace.
Until you feel relaxed ~ After a few seconds to hold your embrace you will start to feel the effects.
Grow the bond you have ~ The stronger the relationship the more effect the hug will have.
It is really that simple, so take the time to hug someone every day. It may not come naturally to you but the benefits are amazing, and it is such an easy way to convey the positive feelings you have for others while giving both them and yourself something infinitely valuable.