GLOBAL HUG YOUR KIDS DAY
Every year on the third Monday in July, Global Hug Your Kids Day encourages parents worldwide to hug their kids. It’s also a day to remember that it’s important to express love for others while you still can.
When was the last time you gave someone a hug? Or when did you last receive one? A hug is a wonderful thing that communicates many things. Hugs are a great way to tell someone you care about them. Hugs can also be a way to say hello or goodbye. Some people give hugs to wish someone good luck. Giving a hug can be a great way to apologize to someone without using words.
Hugs are for everyone, but parents need to hug their kids regularly. Research shows that kids benefit when their parents hug them. Some of the benefits of hugging a child every day include:
- Making the child feel safe.
- Reducing feelings of depression and anxiety.
- Helping children love themselves for who they are.
- Teaching children to develop empathy and concern for others.
- Boosting immunity and promote better health.
- Making the parent and the child both feel better.
According to research, children who were hugged often in their early years have a larger hippocampus than other children. The hippocampus is the part of the brain responsible for learning and memory.
It’s so simple to hug your child, so go ahead and hug them today and every day!
HOW TO OBSERVE #GlobalHugYourKidsDay
The best way to observe this day is to give your child a hug. In fact, this is a day you could #CelebrateEveryDay! Other ways to participate include:
- Read your child a book about hugs, such as Nobody Hugs a Cactus by Carter Goodrich, Time for a Hug by Phillis Gershator, or Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond.
- Learn more about the benefits of hugging your child.
- If you don’t hug your loved ones enough, commit to do so.
- Think about the last hug you received and journal how it made you feel.
Share this day on social media with #GlobalHugYourKidsDay.
GLOBAL HUG YOUR KIDS DAY HISTORY
Michelle Nichols started Global Hug Your Kids Day in 2008. She began the day 10 years after her son Mark passed away. Mark was only 8 years old when he lost his battle with brain cancer. She began the day to remind moms and dads to show affection to their kids with a simple hug every day.
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