Let’s Hug Day

Let’s Hug Day is a holiday observed annually on December 3rd, reminding everyone of the power of a hug. For quite some time, researchers have known that hugging has benefits for both parties involved.

Hugging reduces stress levels, boosts self-esteem, improves relationships, improves heart health, and can even reduce pain. That’s the power of hugging, and that’s why this holiday celebrates this simple act every year.

Of course, this isn’t the only holiday dedicated to hugging. There is also National Hugging Day and Hug Holiday. However, we think the sheer power of the hug warrants it being celebrated three times a year. Don’t you think?

The History of Let’s Hug Day

It’s probably safe to say that hugs have been around as long as humanity has. However, the word “hug” hasn’t been around for quite that long. The word “hug” is believed to have come from the Old Norse word “hugga,” which means comfort. Some philologists disagree with that assessment.

These professionals believe that it originated from the German word “Hegen,” which means to foster. Regardless of its origin, it’s a word that’s been in the English language for a long time now.

Unfortunately, the origins of Let’s Hug Day are even murkier than the origins of the word hug. It appears that no one really knows who invented this holiday or when it was invented. It’s known that Kevin Zaborney invented National Hugging Day, but that holiday is separate, and as such, it can’t be said that he directly created this holiday.

Some Quick Facts About Hugs

Okay, let’s find out why hugs matter so much to us as humans. Although we’ve gone over some benefits of hugs in our introduction to this holiday article, we think we have a few more things to say on the subject. With that being said, let’s look at the following quick facts about hugs.

  • Oxytocin is released when people hug. Oxytocin is known as the “love hormone” and can promote pair bonding.
  • A full-body hug combats fear, lessens feelings of loneliness, and can release tension.
  • Hugs have been known to lower blood pressure.

Observing Let’s Hug Day

Observing this holiday is pretty simple. All that has to be done is to pass out hugs. How those hugs are passed out depends on how each person wants to do it. Some people might be comfortable with only hugging those closest to them, while others might want to pass out hugs like candy. Regardless of what each person decides to do, they should still take the time to spread the word about this day using the hashtag #LetsHugDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
December 3 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
December 3 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
December 3 Sunday
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