National Girl Hug Boy Day 2018 – January 11

We welcome this day with open arms! National Girl Hug Boy Day, on January 11, celebrates the power of hugs. And why not? A hug warms our heart and makes us feel loved. It heals and says what words sometimes cannot express. On this day, girls can go around giving hugs to whomever they want. It doesn’t just have to be their boyfriend or someone they have a crush on. Anybody they appreciate deserves their hug.

National Girl Hug Boy Day - History

2017
The fastest hugger

A man named Jason Ritter gave 86 hugs in 60 seconds.

2014
Virtual hugs record

Actor Misha Collins set a new world record for the largest online photo album of hugs, with the help of thousands of participants around the globe.

2007
The "No Hugging" rule

Megan Coulter, an eighth-grader, served two after-school detentions for hugging a friend because it was banned in her school. The incident sparked a national debate.

1971
Picasso on hugs

Pablo Picasso painted "The Embrace." The art is on display at the Pushkin Museum in Russia.

National Girl Hug Boy Day Activities

1. Give some hugs
Neuroeconomist Paul Zak recommends at least eight hugs a day to be happier and enjoy better relationships.

2. Give an online hug to those far away
You can hug virtually. There is a cute little emoji for it!

3. Enjoy the benefits of hugging
Research shows that those who hug more often can escape high blood pressure during periods of stress, frustration and/or anger.

3 Heartwarming Hugging Facts

1. Hugging increases oxytocin

Oxytocin can trigger resistance to fatigue, resistance to infections, reduction in symptoms of depression,improved social skills, reduction in pain, and reduced cravings for drugs, alcohol, and sweets.

2. How often do we hug?

On average people spend one hour a month hugging. There are plenty of hugs to go around!

3. Hug more as you age

Ohio State University concluded that hugging becomes more important as you age since the need for physical touch grows.

Why We Love National Girl Hug Boy Day

A. Hugs make us happy
This makes sense since hugging can lower levels of stress hormones like cortisol.

B. It shows that we care
Sometimes we cannot tell someone how much we love them, but we can show it with a hug!

C. It's an answer to Boy Hug Girl Day
Why should boys have all the fun? Boy Hug Girl Day has just met its match!

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