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January 21, 2020 2 min read

Now who doesn’t like a hug from someone, whether it be a friendly greeting or an expression of warmth showing your gratitude for someone, hugs are the best way to express your love when words fail to describe.  It is an indication of trust and control in your life.

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National Hug Day is an annual event on the 21st January.   Founded in Michigan it has spread through the years to Canada, UK, Australia, Poland and Germany.

This annual day is dedicated to the act of hugging, whether it is with a loved one, a special friend or a stranger who you feel just needs an arm around them.  Receiving a hug not only provides emotional support it is also proven to have health benefits.  Studies have shown that hugs increase levels of oxytocin and reduce blood pressure!

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A hug can convey different messages so it is best to be aware of the message you are trying to put across when hugging.

The most common types of hugs are:

  1. Bear Hug – tight, reassuring and worth a million words
  2. Polite Hug – a hug you usually share with acquaintances and colleagues
  3. One-Way Hug – when one person hugs with everything they have but is not reciprocated by the other party
  4. Intimate Hug – a close, full-body embrace
  5. Buddy Hug – a sideways hug suggesting a level of comfort and trust
  6. Back Hug – another form of an intimate hug, a sign of trust and protection


There is one hug that has not been included above and one which all mermaids think is the most important of all….the “Mermaid hug” let’s try and get this hug within the top six for next year’s National Hug Day!

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If you are embracing National Hug Day today please let us know and tell us which hug is your favourite, we would love to hear from you and share on our social media pages -



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