National Hug Day is celebrated on June 29 to appreciate the power of hugs while reminding people to give an extra special embrace to someone who has a bad day.

National Hug Holiday Day was established by "Hugs for Health Foundation," which focused primarily on elderly care based on the belief that hugs "nurture the human spirit, promote a more positive outlook and enhance the quality of one’s life."

Although initially created for effective elderly care, National Hug Holiday has eventually turned into a day that aims to promote genuine hugs for anyone in need.

Beyond the warmth you get while holding someone close, scientific studies have shown that hugging gives you more benefits than you think. While hugging someone, the human body releases oxytocin also known as the "cuddle hormone," which is found to help reduce stress, increase happiness and strengthen social bonds.

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Here are some quotes about hugging that will help you understand the power of a beautiful embrace:

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  1. "A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away." – Bil Keane
  2. "Feel the presence of love wrapped up within a hug."– Robert M. Hensel
  3. "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.
  4. "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
  5. "Where I live if someone gives you a hug, it’s from the heart." – Steve Irwin
  6. "Everybody needs a hug. It changes your metabolism." – Leo Buscaglia
  7. "I have learned that there is more power in a good strong hug than in a thousand meaningful words." – Ann Hood
  8. "Hugs can do great amounts of good – especially for children."– Princess Diana
  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. "When I come home, my daughter will run to the door and give me a big hug, and everything that’s happened that day just melts away."– Hugh Jackman