Hug Day: February 12, part of Valentine’s Week

Hugs soothe, reduce stress, and increase trust.

Recorded 450 years ago, from Old Norse "hugga."

Hugging now socially acceptable for about 50 years.

Hugs convey affection, comfort, and support.

Originated as gesture of non-harm in warfare.

Presidential candidates hug to show goodwill during debates.