Tuesday, January 21, 2014

National Hugging Day

I like to see what odd, unique, or unusual holiday every day is. Today, January 21st is National Hugging Day. It was launched in 1986 to encourage everyone to hug family and friends more often.

I'm going to admit - I am not a touchy-feely kind of girl. But I did marry a man whose love language is physical touch, and one of the small people also has physical touch as her primary love language. Imagine her excitement this morning when I told her that today is National Hugging Day! Yes, I was rewarded with a huge bear hug from her.

Hugging does have its benefits. According to Mind Body Green, there are 10 good reasons to get good quality hugs every day.
  1. The nurturing touch of a hug builds trust and a sense of safety. 
  2. Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger.
  3. Holding a hug for an extended time lifts one's serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness.
  4. Hugs strengthen the immune system.
  5. Hugging boosts self-esteem.
  6. Hugging relaxes muscles.
  7. Hugs balance out the nervous system.
  8. Hugs teach us how to give and receive.
  9. Hugs, like meditation and laughter, teach us to let go and be present in the moment.
  10. The energy exchange between the people hugging is an investment in the relationship.
Did you hug someone today?

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