Girl Hug Boy Day
Also known as
National Girl Hug Boy Day
annually on January 11th
Hugs are one of the easiest ways to share love with another person, and there are plenty of them going around on Girl Hug Boy Day. Girls and women initiate the hugs today, giving them to any males they want to show their care and appreciation for. They hug their boyfriends, husbands, and males they have crushes on, and they hug their male friends and family members.
Hugging has been around for millennia and is practiced by almost all cultures as a way to connect with others without using language. Hugs have traditionally been given in many scenarios: as a greeting or goodbye, for sympathy or congratulations, and for gratitude, support, and affection. The word "hug" seems to have come from "hugga," an Old Norse word meaning "to comfort." "Hug" was first used around 1610, to describe a wrestling hold. It began being used for its current meaning in the 1650s.
Hugs may release a hormone called oxytocin into the bloodstream. This hormone, produced in the pituitary gland, helps lower blood pressure, heart rate, and the stress hormone cortisol. It also reduces anxiety, improves mood and memory, and increases bonding and closeness. Those who hug often tend to have increased empathy for others. In order for hugs to be beneficial, those participating must trust each other and both want to hug. Otherwise, the opposite effect happens, and cortisol levels rise, causing stress.
How to Observe Girl Hug Boy Day
Quite simply, if you are a girl, today is for hugging boys! Give hugs to your husband or boyfriend, and give hugs to your friends and family. Give virtual hugs to those you can't hug in person. If you are a boy or man, you could hint at the females in your life that it is Girl Hug Boy Day, and perhaps they'll give you a hug.