HealthHug Day: Enjoy hugs this Saturday!

Hug Day: Enjoy hugs this Saturday!


Less than a week after Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year, forget about social distancing and show your affection: this Saturday, January 21, 2023, Hug Day is celebrated around the world.

Where is she from ?

From its real name National Hug Day, this unusual tradition was started by Michigan-based American priest Kevin Zaborny in 1986. he called on the faithful of the Church to embrace warm hearts in winter. The practice then spread throughout the world, in part through the Free Embrace movement.

This one, which literally means “free hug”, was born in 2004 in Sydney thanks to a certain Juan Mann. Inspired by airport signs, he would write “Free Hugs” himself and position himself on one of the busiest streets in an Australian city to challenge passers-by who would give him a hug. The story varies depending on the source, but Free Embraces has indeed become a global phenomenon, thanks in part to videos posted on social media.

What are the benefits?

According to a 2014 University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania study by four researchers, hugs help fight infections. To conduct it, a Carnegie Mellon University team asked 404 healthy adults how often they hugged over a 14-day period. Those who reported getting the most had better resistance to colds than others and had milder symptoms during illness.

This day comes at the right time, as in winter our body suffers from a lack of light and, therefore, vitamin D. These deficiencies affect our physical and moral health, causing the famous seasonal depression. Thus, hugging is an effective anti-depression remedy that boosts immunity, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress and anxiety. It also promotes the production of dopamine and oxytocin, hormones of well-being, pleasure, and attachment. At any age, physical contact of any kind helps maintain emotional balance and boosts self-confidence.

How long should a “good” hug last?

In November 2021 in Revue. Acta Psychologica, scientists from the University of London have found the most effective way to hug. It turns out that hugs should be long: while study participants’ hugs lasted an average of 3 seconds, hugs that last between five and ten seconds were identified as having the most important benefits. “We need four hugs a day to survive. We need eight to work. And twelve to grow”asserts, for its part, the American psychotherapist Virginia Satir in this article Peace.

So, you know what you need to do this Saturday. This is an opportunity to show your loved ones that you love them!


Anta FALL


Source: TF1

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