Yes, it’s true! Since 1986, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has recognized Jan. 21 as National Hug Day.
So, get rid of any lingering personal-space issues you may have and give someone a hug today!
Research has proven that human contact is essential for healthy social, psychological and physical development. Babies who receive regular physical contact gain weight and grow faster than those who are neglected and physical contact has been shown to lower stress levels in adults.
In fact, a study found that giving hugs on the regular is correlated with a lower risk of heart disease, can boost your immune system, fight infections and – perhaps obviously – reduce depression.
So, get ready to hug it out with your loved one, your neighbor, or a kitten!