National Hugging Day™, (occasionally shortened to Hug Day, National Hug Day, International and Global Hug Day), was first widely celebrated in 1986 after being published in “Chase’s Calendar of Annual Events.” Since that time, National Hugging Day™ has continued to grow internationally (USA, Canada, Brazil, Australia, UK and Ireland, Germany, Georgia, Sweden, Spain, France, Russia, South Africa, as examples). National Hugging Day™ was primarily created to encourage family and friends to hug often (and consensually) with one another. Reasonable care should be taken with those who are either uncomfortable with public affection or their reaction to a hug is unknown. In those situations, it is advised to ask first before hugging and exchange consent. There is an abundance of past and current research available that finds positive touch, such as hugging, improves one’s physical, emotional and spiritual health. Embrace National Hugging Day™ every day!
Every year, “The Most Huggable People of the Year” are announced (January 17th) days before National Hugging Day™ is celebrated. These have included both public figures as well as down-to-earth common folk. Nominations are accepted by providing the name, contact information, and reason the nominee should be named to this honor. The nominees should be seen hugging, or encouraging the value of hugging. Past winners have included Joan Rivers who wrote after receiving her award, “I’m tempted to start saying ‘Can we hug?’ instead of ‘Can we talk'” alluding to her participating in a telephone company ad; Jeff Ondash (aka Teddy McHuggins); Tessla Queen (bingtopia.com); and Mata Amritanandamayi (Kerela, India known as the “Hugging Saint”); actor Jason Ritter. Even an animated character, Baymax from the award-winning Disney film “Big Hero 6,” was selected in 2015!
National Hugging Day™ was formally copyrighted in 1989 at the US Copyright Office under “National Hugging Day Collection.” The name, National Hugging Day™, is under Trade Mark. This does not limit the celebration of such a day or observance. It does, however, provide limited ownership and full credit of the name and observance to the creator and founder as well as negotiating rights of any profit from any sales or marketing using National Hugging (Hug) Day™.
The founder and creator of National Hugging Day™ and National Hugging Day LLC, is Kevin Zaborney (sometimes called an “Ambassador of Hugs”). He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University. Kevin is married to his wife (Pam) of 28 years, and resides with his family in Caro, Michigan, USA. Kevin is available for personal appearances and speaking engagements like school assemblies and media interviews. Contact him at the “Contact Us” tab. Experience the excitement of National Hugging Day™!
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