National Cuddle Up Day

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Get ready, because it's time to break out your coziest blankets and comfiest pillows – it's National Cuddle up Day! Put on your snuggliest socks, grab a good book or binge-watch your favorite show while cuddling with your loved ones, be it your significant other, your pet, or your favorite teddy bear.

When is Cuddle Up Day?

It's national cuddle up day on the 6th January.

A Cozy History

If you're wondering who might have envisioned such a wonderful day, you're not alone. While the origins of National Cuddle Up Day remain as wrapped up as a good cuddle, it's clear that it has resonated with people around the world. It's typically celebrated on January 6th, providing a perfect antidote for the post-holiday blues.

Hugs and Science

Did you know that cuddling actually has scientifically-proven health benefits? It releases oxytocin, a hormone that helps reduce stress and anxiety. So not only does it feel good, but it's good for your mental health too. Talk about a win-win scenario!

Cuddle Champions

According to our data, mentions of this warm and reassuring day peaked on January 6th, 2017 with a whopping 7869 mentions! Looks like folks around the globe really took 'comfort and joy' to a whole new level that day.

How to Celebrate

You don’t need any special equipment to celebrate this day– just someone (or something!) to cuddle. You can stay in bed all day, watch a movie or just enjoy the company of your favourite cuddle partner. Just make sure to share the love (or the warmth, at least) with those who might need it most during the chilly winter months.

History behind the term 'Cuddle Up'


The Birth of 'Snuggle'

The term 'snuggle' originated in 1825 and refers to the act of nestling closely together for warmth or affection. It derives from the Middle English word 'snuggen,' meaning to snuggle or nestle. Snuggling has long been a way for humans to show affection, seek comfort, or stay warm during cold weather.


Introduction of the Word 'Cuddle'

The term 'cuddle' was first recorded in 1941, bringing a new word to describe the act of lovingly embracing or hugging someone. It is believed to have derived from the Middle English word 'couthelen,' which meant to embrace or fondle. Cuddling became associated with displays of affection, comfort, and intimacy among couples and loved ones.


Popularity as a Romantic Term

During the 1960s, the term 'cuddle up' gained popularity as a romantic phrase. Couples would cuddle up for warmth and physical closeness, often while watching movies or spending time together. The phrase started to symbolize a cozy and intimate bond between partners.


Cuddle Parties and Cuddle Movement

In the 1990s, the concept of 'cuddle parties' emerged as a way to promote non-sexual touch and connection. These events provided a safe space for individuals to engage in consensual cuddling and platonic affection. The cuddle movement aimed to address the need for nurturing touch and combat social isolation in modern society.

Present Day

Cuddle Therapy and Health Benefits

Today, cuddling has extended beyond romantic relationships and cuddle parties. It has found its place in professional cuddling or cuddle therapy, where trained practitioners offer therapeutic touch and emotional support. Cuddle therapy is believed to have numerous health benefits, including stress reduction, increased oxytocin levels, improved emotional well-being, and enhanced feelings of security and connection.

Did you know?

Did you know that there's a Cuddle Up Day Ambassador? On January 6th, make it a point to find out who it is in your community!


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First identified

6th January 2016

Most mentioned on

6th January 2017

Total mentions


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