Quick Facts

Dates
Every July 30th
Founded by
Mike Brown-dirt
Hashtag
#ShareaHugDay

When autumn darkness falls, what we will remember are the small acts of kindness: a cake, a hug, an invitation to talk, and every single rose. These are all expressions of a nation coming together and caring about its people.

Jens Stoltenberg

There’s something amazing about a hug that just makes the day so much better. Maybe it’s the warmth of someone you care about being close to you, maybe it’s the feeling of security and solidarity that happens when you’re surrounded by the arms of others, maybe it’s the fact that you can’t give one without getting one back. Whatever it is, there’s never a bad time to share a hug with someone who’s willing to give or receive one. Share a Hug Day is your opportunity to politely offer someone else a hug when they look like they’re feeling down!

History of Share a Hug Day

Share a Hug Day was born out of tragedy one night when Mike Brundritt lost his wife and son in a terrible auto accident. With a dedication to turning anything negative into a positive Brundritt decided to share one of his families most important traditions with the world, that of giving and receiving hugs frequently and with abandon. He knew from personal experience just how life-changing a hug could be, and how a simple show of compassion like that in a hug can be exactly what someone needs in their life.

Hugs have been shown to do incredible things for the human body, including releasing endorphins and easing stress and emotional distress. People who hug more frequently have been shown to have higher levels of compassion and to cope better with situations that may be incredibly stressful for someone else. Hugs have been shown to elevate moods, ease pain, and otherwise be hugely beneficial for everyone involved.

How to Celebrate Share A Hug Day

The best way to celebrate Share a Hug Day is by doing exactly what it says on the tin! Share a hug with someone who looks like they could definitely use one! If you’re feeling a need for a hug, or are just feeling down, then you can ask someone else to share a hug with you. Human touch is hugely important to our well-being, and hugs are one of the best ways to experience that touch platonically. Be sure to ask the person you want to hug or be hugged by if they’re ok with it, sharing hugs should always be consensual!

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