National Girl Hug Boy Day

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

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

The History of National Girl Hug A Boy Day

Although we’re not exactly sure who started this holiday, we’re fairly certain that it began 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 you probably want to learn these facts. And that’s why we’re going to share them with 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 been linked to lower blood pressure and better immune system responses.
  • When a couple cuddles, it has the potential to lower pain levels in both individuals.

Observing National Girl Hug A Boy Day

On this day, girls and women can decide whom they want to hug and when they want to hug. They can even decide not to observe this holiday and avoid hugging anyone for the day. The choice is theirs. This day simply reinforces the fact that girls and women can choose whom they want to hug, not only on this day but throughout the year.

When is it?
This year (2024)
January 11 Thursday
Next year (2025)
January 11 Saturday
Last year (2023)
January 11 Wednesday
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