National Hugging Day and Hug Quotes

According to the Urban Dictionary, National Hugging Day is “A day where anyone can hug whomever they choose.”

Also known as National Hug Day or International Hugging Day, the spirit of this holiday connects people together. It’s a way for folks to share their emotions and empathy.

Here are some common questions and answers about this fun holiday, and below that are some quotes on hugs. So cuddle up with your favorite someone and read through this short article.

When is National Hugging Day?

National Hug Day is recognized in the United States on January 21 each year. The next National Hugging Day in the U.S. will be on Saturday, January 21, 2023.

Its popularity has grown and is celebrated in many countries of the world.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, National Girl Hug Boy Day is celebrated every January 11. (Wow, what is it about January and hugs?)

Why National Hugging Day?

Hugging Day encourages people to hug more. It is a day dedicated to hugging. It is a reason for everyone to show more emotion in public. And hugging is contagious.

How National Hug Day Originated?

Who invented National Hugging Day? National Hugging Day was created by Reverend Kevin Zaborney in Caro, Michigan in 1986. He wanted more people to feel comfortable about showing affection in public. He felt people’s spirits were lowest between Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

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Ten Benefits of Hugs

1.) Hugs can raise self-esteem.

2.) Hugs can improve mental health.

3.) Hugging increases relaxation, which can lead to lower blood pressure and enhance cardiac health.

4.) Partners who hug often feel more connected and trust each other more. Couples who touch frequently have longer marriages.

5.) Hugs make us feel happy.

6.) A hug a day keeps the doctor away.

7.) Hugs decrease our stress levels.

8.) Hugging makes us better students.

9.) Hugs improve our game. A study revealed that basketball players who showed support by high-fiving and the like via touch performed better in games.

10.) Hugs show you care.

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The Most Huggable Celebrity

Jason Ritter broke the Guinness Record for most hugs in under a minute on the TV series “Kevin(Probably) Saves the World!” Jason recognizes the power of hugs and kindness to one another.

Types of Hugs

1.) Bear – A tight embrace from someone who loves you.

2.) Side – A buddy hugs between close friends.

3.) One-way – A hug with no reciprocation.

4.) Buddy hug- A sideways embrace for a friend.

5.) Back – One that shows trust. I’ve got your back.

6.) Polite – Shared with acquaintances and colleagues. A bit awkward.

7.) Intimate hug- A close full-body effort with eye contact.

8.) The long embracer – One that says I Miss You!

9.) The Quickie – No time for a long one, but still want to show your love and affection.

10.) Self-hug – A great hug when nobody is around to hug you.

Best Way to Celebrate National Hugging Day

Give your family, friends, and complete strangers a great big hug. Open your heart and your arms.

Hugging Quotes

Everybody needs a hug. It changes your metabolism.

You can’t wrap love in a box, but you can wrap a person in a hug.

A hug is a handshake from the heart.

You can’t give a hug without getting a hug

A hug delights and warms and charms, that must be why God gave us arms.

Hugs are the universal medicine.

Have you hugged someone your appreciation today?

A hug is a great gift — one size fits all, and it’s easy to exchange.

Hugs are needed for survival. It is needed for maintenance, and we need it for our growth.

The ones who would hug you and never let go are your fans, and you wish that it could stay that way wherever you go.

Sayings About Hugs

Hugging should happen every day; it is not just a mere greeting.

Happiness is an unexpected hug.

A hug is worth a thousand words.

Every time I think of you, it is like getting a hug from the inside out.

Have you hugged yourself today?

There is nothing that I would want to do than hug you right now.

All I need is the hug, not the therapy.

As of the present, your hugs are nice to have right now.

Putting your love into your hugs is much more effective than putting it into your words.

The hug that lasts longer, even after it was let go is from our mothers.

The shortest distance between friends is their hugs.

With a hug, don’t just open your arms and lock them on their back but do that with your heart too.

A hug is two hearts wrapped in arms.

Your hugs and kisses are like the stars that light up my life when things get dark.

Even without words, you can tell the one you love your feelings through a hug.

The reason that God gave us arms is for us to be able to hug one another.

The most unexpected happiness you can give is through hugs.

Hugging it Out Quotations

The wheels of the world turn because of the hugs that grease them.

The handshake of the heart is our hugs.

You would get a hug right back, like a boomerang.

Happiness is an unexpected hug.

Take someone in your arms and hold someone tight.

Hugs are universal medicine.

Your hugs and kisses are like the stars that light up my life when things get dark.

A hug is worth a thousand words.

Hug delights and warms and charms, so that must be why God gave us arms.

By M.J. O’Halloran

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