Remember in pre-COVID days when one could give (and receive) a hug without fear of spreading disease?
National Hug Day falls on January 21 annually. It can still be a good way to "spread some love" even if the hugs are only virtual.
When my free-spirited son Mo was in high school, he and his friends created handmade "FREE HUGS" signs and stood out at the neighborhood park to spread the love.
"Always ask first and make the day fun for everyone, especially family and friends." This wisdom on hugging etiquette is from the holiday's website.
National Hug Day was founded on January 21, 1986 in Caro, Michigan by the Rev. Kevin Zaborney as a way "to encourage family and friends to celebrate the positive experience of hugging," according to the event's Facebook page. Since then, National Hug Day has spread to Canada, England, Australia, Germany and Poland and through the United States.
The founder, Rev. Kevin Zaborney, holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, and a master's of divinity degree from Boston University. As a minister, he knows people benefit from the positive psychological, physical and spiritual aspects of a good hug. So spread the love and share a hug safely among one's own "safe zone".
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