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Celebrating National Hugging Day: Spread Love with a Hug!

hugging day

What Is National Hugging Day?

Did you know today, January 21st, 2023 is National Hugging Day? Sweet Savage Flame is spreading the love by sending virtual hugs to all. We will delve into this “holiday” and discuss the many benefits hugging provides for emotional, mental, and physical health.

Plus, we have tips on how to celebrate and spread love through hugs. And, of course, some gorgeous romance covers featuring couples with their arms wrapped around one another.

National Hugging Day is all about sharing love and affection with hugs. It’s a day to remind us of the importance of human contact in our lives and the power it has to make us feel connected, loved, and supported.

Whether you’re looking for feel-good vibes or romantic ideas for celebrating this special day, we have some special ideas in store. So grab your partner (or stuffed animal), get ready to give out some big hugs, and let’s get started!

Benefits Of Hugs For Mental And Physical Health

A hearty embrace is one of the best and simplest ways to show your loved ones that you appreciate and care for them. Not only does it warm hearts with its act of love, but it also has a range of mental and physical health benefits.

Studies have shown that hugging can relieve stress, reduce depression, and boost the immune system. Hugs release oxytocin, a hormone that helps build trust in relationships and can help lower blood pressure levels.

Go ahead; give someone you love a big hug today! You never know how much it may benefit their mental and physical health down the road.

Tips To Celebrate National Hugging Day

National Hugging Day is a special day to show some love and appreciation for the people around us. Celebrating this “holiday” is easy.

We have some tips on how you can spread love and make it an extra special one.

  • Give hugs to your friends and family members, or even acquaintances.
  • Invite friends, neighbors, and family over for a group hug!
  • Spend time with someone who needs a hug.
  • Host an unexpected hugging party at your home or workplace and invite everyone who could use a good hug.
  • Share pictures with loving messages on social media platforms to spread positivity.

Remember that even small gestures like giving someone a hug can make all the difference in their day!

Romance Novels and Hug Day

For this National Hugging Day, why not show the special people in your life how much you love them with a hug and a good romance book? Gift a friend a special book you know they’ll enjoy.

Reading is one of the best ways to bond with those close to us, so why not give them a cozy hug while sharing an exciting story of love, adventure, and heartfelt moments?

Romance novels take us on an emotional journey full of passion, connection, and understanding that can both bring us closer to our loved ones and make us feel more connected with ourselves.

Nothing quite beats the combination of loving embraces and romantic stories to bring joy into our lives!

Ways To Spread Love Through Hugs On National Hugging Day

Let’s take a moment to spread love and joy through the simplest of gestures. A close embrace can bring an instant feeling of warmth and comfort to the person receiving it. It’s the perfect way to show someone that you care.

Whether it’s with your friends and family or even strangers in the street (we don’t really recommend that last one; we kept it in to emphasize a point), a hug can brighten up anyone’s day.

Be sure to share the love with plenty of squeezes; after all, it’s National Hugging Day!

The Clinches With Hugs

Here are a few covers we thought we’d share since we can’t give our readers genuine hugs.

Each couple (in one case, a couple) has a unique form of embracing. What do you think is going on in their heads?

blind passion tadiello
the eden passion
scarlet lady ginsburg cover flowers
adora san julain

Final Words on Hugging Day

National Hugging Day is the perfect occasion to show love and appreciation for the special people in our lives.

Beyond biology, it’s also a powerful way to connect with others on an emotional level. Hugs can be romantic, friendly, caring, or comforting.

With a simple hug, we can send positive vibes and emotions of closeness that are indescribable.

Your Opinion

At Sweet Savage Flame, we like to get silly about things and celebrate the little pleasures in life. National Hugging Day reminds us that even small gestures like a hug can have the potential to spread love, joy, and happiness all around us!

What do you think o this “holiday”? Did you hug someone special today?

As always, please drop a comment, and let’s talk romance!



21 Old-School Cover Artists All Romance Readers Should Know


21 of the Best Historical Romance Cover Illustrators

I adore romances from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, partly due to the beautiful cover art. Over the years, I’ve amassed thousands of dazzling images. It’s a fun hobby trying to discover the artists who created them.

This compilation began as an attempt to list the ten artists every lover of old-school romances and clinch covers should know. Ten became fifteen, then twenty. Finally, I settled on 21 illustrators to identify.

This catalog of names consists of some of the best romance cover artists of all time.

That doesn’t mean these are the only artists to know, as this list is limited to historical romances written in the last third of the 20th century.

These 21 entries provide a starting point for the novice learner.

1. Robert McGinnis

Robert McGinnis illustrated Gothic books before he turned to mainstream romance.

His first bodice ripper was Avon‘s reissue of Kathleen E. WoodiwissThe Flame and the Flower. McGinnis then designed the cover for her sophomore outing, The Wolf and the Dove. His suggestive clinches for Johanna Lindsey, Patricia Hagan, and Laura Parker gained him acclaim and notoriety.

McGinnis worked almost exclusively in tempera paints.

His mature, angular style was an instant draw for romance. McGinnis created the first naked man covers, which delighted genre fans.

But it was the McGinnis woman who was a being of legend. McGinnis depicted the feminine form in a most alluring fashion.

“The McGinnis Woman possesses a whirling narrative force all her own, a perfumed cyclone of sexuality, savvy, mystery, and danger. She also sells books—lots and lots of books.”

(Source: Vanity Fair)

2. H. Tom Hall