Today is National Hugging Day. Who knew? There are all kinds of national days, but I like this one so I’m giving it a shout out.  

There are many reasons why hugs are important. For one, they make us feel loved and cared for. Human beings are social animals, and we need physical contact with others in order to feel connected and supported. Hugs remind us that we’re not alone in the world, and that someone cares about us. They also make us feel relevant and appreciated. We all want to feel like we matter, and a hug is a simple way to show someone that we care about them and appreciate them.

Hugs chemically make us feel loved, too, because they stimulate the release of oxytocin, which is sometimes called the “cuddle hormone”. Oxytocin is associated with happiness, stress relief, and calming sensations. It’s also been shown to promote social bonding and help people feel connected to others. So hugs can make us feel cared for and relevant in the lives of other people. They can also help reduce feelings of loneliness or isolation.

Hugging is a simple way to show someone that you care about them and that you want to connect with them. It’s also a way to share your feelings without having to say anything. Hugs convey warmth, comfort, safety, and love. They can make us feel happy, special, and reassured. And they’re free! So go ahead: Give yourself and then some loved ones big hugs today. You’ll be glad you did!

I’m @DianGriesel aka a perception analyst & strategist; creative attitude disrupter & adjuster; author of The Silver Disobedience Playbook & TurboCharged: The Silver Disobedience Edition; and the blogger & model known as @SilverDisobedience  More info on my websites (search my name) and at Wilhelmina Models. Silver Disobedience® is a Registered Trademark.