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This is the Official Site for NATIONAL HUGGING DAYTM which has become an internationally recognized observation that embraces hugging. While some encourage hugging everyone, National Hugging Day always suggests asking first. First published in Chase's Annual Events in 1986, it has grown enormously in worldwide popularity leading many to suggest changing the name from "National" to "International." A sample of locales include the United States of America, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Bulgaria, Guam, Austrailia, Georgia (the country), England, and Russia.
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The very anticipated "Most Huggable Person of 2016" is...
Tim Harris – Special Olympian with Down Syndrome and former owner of Tim’s Place in Albuquerque, New Mexico (His birthday is also January 21st celebrating his 30th this year as well!). According to his website, “The most sought after item is one that never gets cold, is sweet but not too sweet, guilt free, calorie free, and guaranteed to brighten your day … a free hug from Tim himself. Our concept is breakfast, lunch, and hugs seven days a week!”
Tim hosted his first Hug-A-Thon in 2014 where he hugged more than 1000 people and raised $6,000 for a non-profit organization Firefighters Random Acts. In 2015, Tim hugged more than 2,000 people and earned $13,000 in donations.
A sampling of past winners include:
"The Most Huggable Character of 2015" was...
THE MOST ORIGINAL, HUGGABLE HERO OF ALL SHARES THE 10 BENEFITS OF HUGGING!
1) Hugs make us feel “happy”! When we hug another person, our bodies release oxytocin, a hormone associated with “happiness,” according to scientific studies. 
2) Hugs alleviate stress! Just as a good hug increases our oxytocin levels, it decreases our cortisol or “stress” levels. 
3) Babies need hugs as much as water and food! According to researchers at Harvard University, hugs help promote normal levels of cortisol necessary for child development. 
4) Hugs make us better students! Students who receive a supportive touch from a teacher are twice as likely to volunteer in class. 
5) Hugs improve our game! Scientists at University of California, Berkley discovered that the more affectionate members of a team are with each other, the more likely they are to win. 
6) A hug a day keeps the doctor away! A hug stimulates the thymus gland, which in turn regulates the production of white blood cells that keep us healthy and disease-free. 
7) A hug stops the bug! Researchers at Carnegie Mellon proved that individuals who were sick and received hugs had less severe symptoms and were able to get better quicker. 
8) A hugging heart is a healthy heart! Research from University of North Carolina showed that a good hug helps ease blood flow and lower cortisol levels, which in turn help lower our heart rates. 
9) A hugging couple is a happy couple! Couples that experience their partners’ love through physical affection share higher oxytocin levels. 
10) Hugs let someone know you care without having to say a word! According to Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology at University of California, Berkeley, we can identify love from simple human touch – imagine how much love a big hug can communicate! 
2014-the Youth of the World. With hugging gaining in popularity on such a global scale, there is evidence this movement is being supported by the youth of the international community. Its becoming the practice among most teenage youth greet their peers by hugging one another. According to a May 2009 New York Times article, it reported hugging has become the favorite social greeting when teenagers meet or part these days. Search YouTube for hug day and one will find many uploaded videos of youth hugging in celebration of National Hugging Day. Some can be seen below:
2013-Scott Van Duzer, owner of Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Italian Restaurant in Fort Pierce, Florida won this award. In September 2012, Scott was visited by President Obama at his restaurant. To everyone's suprise, Scott actually picked up the President and began Bear Hugging! No question that daring hug earns this year's top honor!
(photo credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Photo)
... and Ellen Degeneres, talk show host and comedian, is seen as a hugger who demonstrates hugging her family, friends and guests (such as Greyson Chance, below).
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"NATIONAL HUGGING DAY is a different form of sharing. We've got more than our quota of whiners and far too few huggers these days. Most of us have a little person inside who needs human contact in this stainless steel, computerized society where we are kept at arms length. Consider hugging as non-sexual, like a handshake or a high-five. Such personal contact makes you feel good. A good hug warms relationships between people. That's what NATIONAL HUGGING DAY is all about. We're not talking sex here. Part of the problem huggers face is this guarded age where hugs are easily misinterpreted and subject to a leering look or a lawsuit. A hug has a universal meaning of support, concern or just a way of saying, 'I'm here.'" Chris Thompson, former Saginaw News (MI) columnist
Comment: Of recent concern is the growing number of schools and places of employment banning hugging. There is a fear of sexual harassment at the core of such bans. One of the most recent examples is of 17 year old student, Sam McNair, from Daluth, Georgia. His school reports he violated thier policy of sexual harassment when he hugged a teacher. Would the situation be different if he asked for permission first? Some schools have banned all physical contact, including hugging, which has led to student-led non-violent protests against such bans. Hugging should be open and safe. The problem with restictive hug policies is that hugging is evidence to be good for one's soul, mind and behaviors.
Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed, recommends more nurturing at home and school, and less drills to enhance cognitive skills. He notes children who are nurtured young with hugging are better able to cope with life's stressors, focus on and persists on tasks, and have higher high school graduation rate and greater life success.
New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof, provides this comment. He notes the power of hugging shapes life courses of young people. He concluded this as a result of burgeoning modern liturature on the topic in economics, psychology, and neuroscience.
Whatever your age, hugging can be fun and is therapeutic!
SUGGESTIONS FOR HUGGING
We all hug in different ways and the way we hug means a lot. Batchelors Hug in a Mug has identified five different hugs we all use in everyday life - use this simple guide to see how that special person feels about you!
The Back to Front Hug is the perfect way to give support and affection to someone, even if they are busy carrying out a task like the washing up! Receiving a Back to Front Hug shows that you have someone who is always there for you and is a way of expressing love and affection for that person irrespective of what is received in return.
The Bear Hug is one of the hugs that we all consider to be the strongest. By squeezing your hugging partner gently, you can instantly give them reassurance and affection. But people tend to use Bear Hugs when they are excited or when they want to display strong affection. However remember, the best Bear Hugs require moderate squeezing not suffocating!
The Cheek Hug on the other hand is the complete opposite. We use the Cheek Hug when we need to comfort someone or show affection but this type of hug also allows us to keep our distance at the same time. The Cheek Hug may be used by anyone - elderly people who may not be able to hug tightly, people who are seated, colleagues, acquaintances and even friends and family.
The Side to Side Hug is a common sight we all see almost everyday. Most of us have all strolled down the road locked in a Side to Side Hug with someone. This casual hug allows us to demonstrate our affection for one another without being too intimate. It is also a way of conveniently hugging whilst carrying out other tasks such as walking, sitting down next to each other and standing in a queue for example.
The Heart Centred Hug is one we all enjoy. A slow, intimate and well-needed Heart Hug can lift anyone's spirits and is the perfect way to show close family, friends and partners how much you care!
*Create the longest hug chain
*Hold a Hug-a-Thon
*Break the Guiness record for Hugging
*Substitute hugging for handshakes
(Jeff Ondash, aka Teddy McHuggins)
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