Origin of the "Hug Thug"

I believe that there are two things that make the world a nicer place, music and hugs. I am grateful that people take the time to come to my shows, listen to my songs and hear my stories. In return, after a show, I like to personally thank each person for coming and give each of them a hug. It's a way of giving back the love that people show me when I am performing. That's how I got the nickname "The Hug Thug".

I feel like the power of a hug is underrated. A hug can connect two people in so many ways. From lowering stress and blood pressure, to a sincere and comforting gesture, hugs have been positively connecting humans for ages. We are all on this planet together and to show your appreciation for someone with a hug is a beautiful way to pay the love forward.

You can change someone’s day, and maybe their life. After all, you never truly know the weight someone carries on their shoulders. For some, a simple hug can mean all the difference.

So if you like giving hugs, and you like my music, then you are a person after my own heart. You are a #HUGTHUG!


Free Hug Thug pins are available!... but only at live shows.

Come on out, say hi, get a hug and have a pin!

National Hugging Day

National Hugging Day, occasionally shortened to National Hug Day, was first widely celebrated in 1986 after being published in Chase's Calender of Annual Events.  Since that time, National Hugging Day has continued to grow internationally leading some to suggest the observance be renamed International Hug Day or International Hugging Day. 

National Hugging Day was initially created for family and friends to hug often and freely with one another.  

There is an abundance of past and current research available that finds positive touch, such as hugging, improves one's physical, emotional and spiritual health. 

The Founder and creator of National Hugging Day, Kevin Zaborney (sometimes called the Ambassador of Hugs), earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University.  Kevin is married to his wife of 21 years, Pamela, and resides with his family in Caro, Michigan USA.  

If you would like to find out more information on how you can support National Hugging Day, please visit their website.

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