About National Hug Day
National Hug Day was created by Rev. Kevin Zaborney to help everyone show more emotion in public. The only way to celebrate the holiday is to offer a hug to those around you (friend, family, colleagues, even strangers).
National Hug Day falls on 21 January each year because it marks a midpoint between Christmas and Valentines Day when people tend to be at an emotional low.
Studies have shown that human contact has many health benefits. It improves psychological and physical development, helps build a good immune system, decreases the risk of heart disease, and decreases stress in women. Studies also show that a couple who hugs for 20 seconds, or are in a loving relationship, have higher levels of oxytocin.
National Hug Day is acknowledged in the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Poland, Russia, China and Iran.
For more information about the most huggable people (including Reese Witherspoon 2007 and Barack Obama 2009), login to their website at www.nationalhuggingday.com.