National Girl Hug Boy Day

National Girl Hug A Boy Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on the 11th of January and encourages girls and women to give out hugs to whomever they want. It can be a friend, a child, a parent, a potential partner, or even a complete stranger if they want to give them a hug.

All that matters is that girls take control of their lives and make their own decision about who to hug. A hug is a great way to spread love, comfort, and friendship around for the day. Of course, girls can also give virtual hugs to people online using only the hashtag #GirlHugABoyDay on social media.

The History Of National Girl Hug A Boy Day

Even though we’re not exactly sure who started this holiday, we’re pretty sure that it started after a 2007 incident involving hugging. That year a 13-year-old named Megan Coulter received two days of detention for violating the school policy against public displays of affection when she hugged two friends on a Friday.

This incident received national attention and soon everyone was talking about hugging. We believe that sometime after this incident, National Girl Hug a Boy Day was created.

Some Quick Facts About Hugs

Who wants to learn more about hugs and their impact on a person’s physical and mental health? We have to assume that if you’re reading this today, then the answer probably is that you want to learn these facts. And that’s why we’re going to give them to you below.

  • When two people hug, their brains release oxytocin — a powerful “feel good” neurotransmitter.
  • Most people lead with their right hand when they go in for a hug.
  • Full-body hugs can help fight feelings of loneliness, combat low self-esteem, and defuse tension.
  • Hugging also lowers stress levels.
  • Hugging has also been linked to lower blood pressure and better immune system responses.
  • When a couple cuddles, it has the potential of lowering pain levels in both of them.

Observing National Girl Hug A Boy Day

On this day, girls and women can decide who they want to hug and when they want to hug. They can even decide to not observe this holiday and avoid hugging anyone for the day. The ball is in their court. This is a day that simply reinforces the fact that girls and women can choose who they want to hug, not only on this day but all throughout the year.

When is it?
This year (2023)
January 11 Wednesday
Next year (2024)
January 11 Thursday
Last year (2022)
January 11 Tuesday
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