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National Hugging Day – Most of all of us enjoy a hug. There is just something about a hug that often can bright anyone’s day. Plus, see the benefits of Hugging, Types of Hugs and even some huggable quotes.

National Hugging Day

Because hugging is something everyone can do and because it is a healthy form of touching, this day should be spent hugging anyone who will accept a hug, especially family and friends.

“Huggies believes in the Power of Hugs to ensure that all babies get the Hugs they need to thrive, from the most delicate to the most vulnerable. No baby should go Unhugged.”


National Hugging Day a global event created in 1986 to encourage family and friends to celebrate the positive experience of hugging. This event is held annually on January 21, created by Kevin Zaborney.

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At the Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge, TN, one of the comedians has a skit that involved one of the audience and he calls the person the Hug Man.

I go on a lot of youth trips and get to talk to youth from other churches. I will go and shake their hand and the youth will say to me, “Nope! We Hug!”

Even some youth events, I see youth with t-shirts that say FREE HUGS! And it works too! You see that young person getting a lot of hugs too!

I also grew up in a hugging family. My mom was a hugger. Even my daughter was a hugger too. I know a hug usually could help cheer you up. It also makes you feel special when someone wants a hug or gives a hug.

10 Benefits of Hugging!

You can learn more about these benefits at

  1. Hugs make us feel ’“happy”!
  2. Hugs alleviate stress!
  3. Babies need hugs as much as water and food!
  4. Hugs make us better students!
  5. Hugs improve our game!
  6. A hug a day keeps the doctor away!
  7. A hug stops the bug!
  8. A hugging heart is a healthy heart!
  9. A hugging couple is a happy couple!
  10. Hugs let someone know you care without having to say a word!

What are some other benefits of hugging? Feel free to share in the comments below.

Types of Hugs

  1. Front Hug
  2. Front to Back Hug
  3. Bear Hug
  4. Cheek Hug
  5. Side to Side Hug
  6. Heart Centered Hug
  7. Long Hug
  8. Short Hug
  9. Self Hug
  10. Warm Hug
  11. Polite Hug
  12. Greeting Hug
  13. Sleepy Hug
  14. One Armed Hug
  15. Awkward Hug
  16. Flirty Hug
  17. Passionate Hug
  18. Cuddle Hug
  19. One Sided Hug

What are some other types of hugs? Feel free to share in the comments below.

Huggable Quotes

“Hugs are one of the reasons God gave us arms. So, stretch out your arms to someone today. Reach out to those you love. It will warm the heart of the giver and give light to the soul of the recipient.”


A hug is the perfect gift; one size fits all, and nobody minds if you exchange it.     


They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything. 

Bil Keane

If you’re angry at a loved one, hug that person. And mean it. You may not want to hug – which is all the more reason to do so. It’s hard to stay angry when someone shows they love you, and that’s precisely what happens when we hug each other. 

Walter Anderson

Hug your friends tight, but your enemies tighter – hug ’em so tight they can’t wiggle. 

Lyndon B. Johnson

What are some of your favorite huggable quotes, feel free to share in the comments below.

Did you know there is a National Hug Your Cat Day? That is in June!

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First published January 19, 2018. Last republished or updated January 20, 2019.

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My name is Steve Patterson and I am saved through the blood of Jesus Christ. I have been blogging at Courageous Christian Father since 2012, however, I have been blogging since around 2004. I listen to nothing but Christian Music. I work as a graphic designer.

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