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World Hug Day: Why hugging is so important

On January 21, people all over the world celebrate World Hug Day, a day dedicated to sharing warmth, affection and physical contact through cuddling. In a world where we often live in a digital world, this special day reminds us how nice and important a simple hug can be. For example, did you know that hugs reduce stress?

Where does World Hug Day come from?
World Hug Day first originated in the United States in 1986, but it didn't take long for the idea to become known worldwide. Kevin Zaborney, the creator of this special day, chose January 21 as the date because it falls in the middle of winter, a time when people often need some extra warmth and love. Since then, the initiative has continued to grow, leading to an annual celebration that brings people together all over the world.

Hugs are good for your health and well-being
Cuddly toys are not only nice, but they also offer many health benefits. Physical contact releases oxytocin, also known as the 'cuddle hormone', which strengthens feelings of love and connection. It reduces stress, anxiety and increases the feeling of happiness. In addition, regular cuddling ensures that your overall health is strengthened by your immune system and lowers your blood pressure. The power of such a simple hug is therefore not something to be underestimated.

Celebrating human connection
World Hug Day goes beyond just physical cuddling; it's also about celebrating human connection in all its forms. You can share a smile, make a sweet gesture by sending a card , for example, or really take the time to have a good conversation with someone. It reminds us that real connection is not only when you are really together, but also by showing genuine attention and interest in each other.

World Cuddle Day is THE reminder of the power of real attention for each other. Share love and warmth, not only with hugs, but also with kindness and interest in each other. In a world that can sometimes seem hectic and distant, this day reminds us that true connection with each other is essential to our health, something to be celebrated and, above all, cherished. So, on this day, let's take extra time for each other to hug , smile , care and spread love, not only to the people next to us, but to the whole world.

Will you make someone feel good on World Hug Day by sending or giving a card ? It's an easy way to connect with someone even if you can't be with them physically.

Here are some tips for doing this:

  • Choose a loving or funny card
    Go for a card that gives you love , a good feeling or a smile on someone's face. Exactly what the message of World Cuddle Day entails.
  • Write a personal message on the back
    Take a moment to write a truly personal message. Tell the recipient why you appreciate him or her , what you admire about them or simply send an intense hug in words.
  • Send or give the card on time
    Make sure the card arrives on time, give it personally to someone on January 21 or make sure it is in the mailbox on January 20 (January 21, 2024 is a Sunday), so that your hug in words is not too late.
  • Involve children in writing the card
    If the card is for family or close friends, involve the children in the writing. Have them draw a small picture on the back or write why they love their grandparents, uncles, aunts, or friends.
  • Go environmentally conscious
    Choose recycled cards or cards with sustainable materials to do something kind for our earth.

By sending or giving a Beezonder card , with a personal message and some extra attention, you are in the right place during World Cuddle Day!