Hugging day (21st January) was founded by Kevin Zaborney in 1986, when he noticed how in between Christmas time, New Year’s and Valentine’s Day, people tend to be in low spirits despite how positive the holidays are, so his aim was to encourage everyone to hug family and friends more often.
In 2007, a team of archaeologists discovered the so-called “Lovers of Valdaro” in a Neolithic Tomb near Mantua in Italy. The lovers are a pair of human skeletons that have been buried holding each other in a tight embrace.
They have been identified to be approximately 6000 years old, so we know for sure that people already hugged each other in Neolithic times.
Instead of removing the bones one-by-one for reassembly later, archaeologists planned to scoop up the entire section of earth where the couple was buried. The plot was to be transported for study before being put on display in an Italian museum, thereby preserving the world’s longest known hug for posterity. One archaeologist said “We want to keep them just as they have been all this time — together,”.
Hugging is one of the simplest ways to show affection and is something people do with their loved ones all the time. However, it is not something that’s done enough these days! Hugging Day aims to encourage people to hug more, whether they know the person or not- hmmm not sure I’d fancy walking round with a sign saying “free hugs” and hug a stranger, would you?
Family therapist Virginia Satir once said “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” While that sounds like a lot of hugs, it seems that many hugs are better than not enough.
Hugging has many benefits; it helps reduce stress by showing support, helps boost the immune system, improves heart health, and produces oxytocin, a brain chemical associated with happiness. Just a 10-second hug a day can lead to biochemical and physiological reactions in your body that can significantly improve your health.
According to one study, this includes:Lower risk of heart disease, Stress reduction, Fight fatigue Boost your immune system, Fight infections, Ease depression.
Hugging is also an important part of relationships. Partners who hug on a regular basis are more bonded and trust each other much more than those who don’t frequently touch. Couples who frequently touch each other tend to have longer and happier marriages than those who don’t.
So what do you do if you’ve no friends or family nearby but feel like you are lacking hugs? Well, according to a study, you are not on your own. It found that one-third of people receive no hugs on a daily basis while 75 percent said they wanted more hugs. Findings such as these, coupled with the emotional and health benefits of human touch, have led to the emergence of cuddle therapy centres, where people can pay for a lunchtime cuddle- again I’m not sure this is for me- how about you, would you pay for a cuddle?
Proven benefits have also been found from cuddling with a pet, which shows hugs don't have to only be between humans to be beneficial. Even cuddling with your trusted pet may offer significant benefits to your heart and overall health.
“Hug Day Is Not How Long You’ve Been Together,Not How Much You’ve Given or Receive,Not How Many Times U’ve Helped Each Other,It’s How U Value Each Other.”
Can hugging be an alternative to medicine? In an experiment at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill , participants who didn’t have any contact with their partners developed a quickened heart rate of 10 beats per minute compared to the five beats per minute among those who got to hug their partners during the experiment. This goes to show that hugging really can be good for our hearts.
Hugging plays a huge part in child development, with a 20 second hug helping your child to grow smarter, healthier, happier, more resilient and closer to you.A young child’s growth needs a lot of different sensory stimulation for normal development. Skin contact, or physical touch such as hugging, is one of the most important stimulation required to grow a healthy brain and a strong body.
“A Hug’s A Way to Share the Joy, And Sad Times We Go Through,Or Just A Way For Friends To Say, They Like You ’Cause You’re You,Happy Hug Day 2020!”
When children are deprived of physical contact, their bodies stop growing despite normal intake of nutrients. Studies show that hugging can instantly boost the level of oxytocin. When oxytocin is increased, several growth hormones, such as insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-1) and nerve growth factor (NGF), are increased.
“Just Do Me A Favor, Put Your Left Hand on Your Right Shoulder And,Ur Right Hand On Your Left Shoulder, Guess What…,I Just Messaged You A Hug, Happy Hug Day 2020!!.”
Make sure you start giving your children the love and hugs they deserve.
So with all that said, what’s not to love? Hugs make you happier, healthier and more relaxed – AND improve your relationships!
A hug is an amazing thing –It’s just the perfect wayto show the love we’re feelingbut can’t find the words to say.