International Hugging Day is an annual holiday created by Rev. Kevin Zaborney. It occurs on January 21 the midpoint between Christmas and Valentines Day, when people are thought to be at an emotional low.
Studies have shown that human contact has many health benefits. It stimulates the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body’s production of white blood cells, which keep you healthy and disease free.
Hugging helps build a good immune system, increases the level of oxytocin and decreases the risk of heart disease.
Virginia Satir, respected family therapist, says “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.”
Guess what? Love is the miracle drug. Find out more about Hugging Day at their official website.
This image is a self portrait of Elisabeth Louise Vegée-Lebrun and her daughter. Painted in 1789, it now resides in the Louvre.