National Hug Hug Day

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Ah, National Hug Hug Day! A day dedicated to spreading warmth and affection through the power of hugs. Whether you're a hug enthusiast or a self-proclaimed hug skeptic, this day celebrates the simple act of embracing someone in a big ol' bear hug. So, get ready to dive into the fascinating world of Hug Hug Day, where cuddles reign supreme and friendship knows no bounds!

When is Hug Hug Day?

It's national hug hug day on the 21st January.

The Origins of Hug Hug Day

Hug Hug Day may seem like one of those made-up holidays that just magically appeared on the calendar (kind of like bacon-wrapped hot dog day, but with fewer condiments). However, the origins of this delightful day can be traced back to the endless abyss of the internet.

Back in 2016, a social media movement began to gain traction, championing the idea of a day solely dedicated to hugging. People from all corners of the world embraced this idea (quite literally) and started spreading the word online. Before long, National Hug Hug Day was born!

The Power of a Hug

So, why should we celebrate the humble hug? Well, apart from being a wonderful way to connect with loved ones, hugging has a whole heap of health benefits! When you give or receive a heartfelt hug, your body releases handy little chemicals called oxytocin and serotonin. These cuddle-induced chemicals can boost your mood, reduce stress levels, and strengthen your immune system. Hugs are basically like free therapy, just without the hefty price tag!

Plus, hugs have the remarkable ability to convey emotions that words simply can't. Have you ever tried to express joy, gratitude, or sympathy with a single squeeze? It's a universal language of affection that crosses all boundaries, be they language, culture, or the existential dread brought on by a confusing tweet.

Spread the Hug Love

Now that you're fully equipped with the knowledge and benefits of a good hug, it's time to unleash your inner cuddle monster! On National Hug Hug Day, make it your mission to give out as many hugs as humanly possible (or bear-ly possible, if you're trying to level up). Hug your friends, hug your family, hug your pets, and if you happen to encounter a friendly tree, give it a little trunk cuddle too. Spread that warm and fuzzy feeling wherever you go!

History behind the term 'Hug Hug'


The Emergence of 'Hug'

The term 'hug' traces back to the 1700s when it originally referred to an affectionate embrace between two people. It is derived from the Old Norse word 'hugga', meaning 'to comfort' or 'to console'. During this time, hugs were primarily seen as a gesture of warmth, comfort, and emotional support.


The Evolution of 'Hug'

In the 1820s, the term 'hug' expanded its meaning beyond just an embrace. It began to encompass a wider spectrum of physical affection, ranging from friendly gestures between friends to romantic expressions of love. This expansion of meaning reflected changing societal attitudes towards physical touch and the recognition of its positive impact on emotional well-being.


The Rise of 'Hug Hug'

During the early 1910s, the term 'hug hug' emerged as a playful variation of the word 'hug'. It conveyed an intensified level of affection, often associated with squeezing someone tightly in an endearing manner. 'Hug hug' soon gained popularity, particularly among close friends and intimate partners, as a way to express a deeper connection and emotional bond.


The Cultural Impact

In the 1960s, the concept of 'hug hug' gained significant cultural prominence. It was embraced as a symbol of peace, love, and unity during the counterculture movement of the time. 'Hug hug' became closely associated with the notion of free expression, breaking down barriers, and spreading positivity. Today, it continues to hold a special place in our hearts as a simple yet powerful gesture of affection and warmth.

Did you know?

Did you know that hugging someone for more than 20 seconds can release even more oxytocin, making you feel even happier? So, don't be afraid to hold on a little longer during those extra special hugs!


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First identified

10th March 2015

Most mentioned on

21st January 2016

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