A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away. – Bil Keane

Origin of National Hugging Day:

National Hugging Day was created in 1986 by Rev. Kevin Zaborney from Caro, Michigan. Strangely, this day is copyrighted. One would think that hugs should be given freely and without recourse. Regardless, we are thankful to the Reverend Zaborney for creating this day and would love to thank him with a great, big hug.

We found no reference to this day as a “National” day, which requires an act of congress.

from Holiday Insights

What are the benefits of hugging?

Elevates your mood. Hugging can increase the production of serotonin from your brain, which improves your mood and can boost your self-esteem. Hugging causes the brain to release serotonin and endorphin to blood vessels to create pleasure and negate sadness. Hug a friend or loved one if they are feeling blue!

Hugging results in improved performance at work and at school. Give a hug to your family members as they are walking out the door.


Increases empathy and understanding. A passionate hug allows for the exchange of feelings causing us to empathize with the other person. This builds trust between people in a way that words simply cannot. Hug someone when you want to open your heart to them!

Hugging relaxes muscles. Hugs release tension in the body. Hugs can take away pain; they soothe aches by increasing circulation into the soft tissues.

father-551921_640Hugs teach us how to give and receive. There is equal value in receiving and being receptive to warmth, as to giving and sharing. Hugs educate us how love flows both ways.

Question: How many hugs will you give today? Please leave your comment below.