Let's Hug Day is celebrated every year on Dec. 3 as a day to express your love to someone through the magic of embrace.

Hugging is a universal gesture that has been practiced by almost all cultures as a way to connect with others without using language. From greeting someone to paying sympathy, hugs can express a whole lot of emotions including gratitude, support and affection. Though you don't really need a day for hugs, Let's Hug Day will help to understand the power of embracing someone.

Researchers have found out that when you hug someone, a hormone called oxytocin is released into the bloodstream which is found to be useful to lower blood pressure, heart rate, and the stress hormone cortisol. Hugging not only improves bonding and empathy but can also reduce anxiety, improve mood and memory.

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Here are some quotes that will help you understand the magical power of communicating with someone through hugs.

  1. A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away.” – Bil Keane
  2. “There’s something in a simple hug that always warms the heart. It welcomes us back home and makes it easier to part.” – Johnny Ray Ryder, Jr.
  3. “I have learned that there is more power in a good strong hug than in a thousand meaningful words.” – Ann Hood
  4. “Hugs can do great amounts of good – especially for children.” – Princess Diana
  5. Laughter with those that understand us is music for the soul. A hug at the right moment and a kind shoulder to lean on, Is the sprinkle of magic that keeps us walking towards hope.” – Mimi Novic
  6. “With age, you get to a place where you don’t want to knock people out. You just want to give people a hug.” – Vin Diesel
  7. “If you’re angry at a loved one, hug that person. And mean it. You may not want to hug – which is all the more reason to do so. It’s hard to stay angry when someone shows they love you, and that’s precisely what happens when we hug each other.” – Walter Anderson
  8. “A hug is an amazing thing. It’s just the perfect way to show the love we’re feeling but can’t find the words to say.” – Johnny Ray Rider 
  9. “When the right person hugs you, it’s like medicine. I’m so grateful for those few people in my life who are good for my soul.” – Steve Maraboli
  10. “Feel the presence of love wrapped up within a hug.” – Robert M. Hensel