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NATIONAL MINNESOTA DAY

On March 1st, the Land of 10,000 Lakes is recognized on National Minnesota Day.
The 32nd state to join the union shares its northern border with Canada.

Angle Township on the north edge of Lake of the Woods makes Minnesota the northernmost state of the continental forty-eight. Also known as the Gopher State, it extends along the northern shore of Lake Superior.

Backroads of Minnesota: Your Guide to Scenic Getaways & Adventures (A Pictorial Discovery Guide) Paperback – March 28, 2011

by Shawn Perich  (Author), Gary Nelson (Photographer
Backroads of Minnesota: Your Guide to Scenic Getaways & Adventures (A Pictorial Discovery Guide) Paperback – March 28, 2011

by Shawn Perich  (Author), Gary Nelson (Photographer

Dakota Sioux and Ojibwa, Menominee, and other tribes populated the area when the first Europeans began to explore and later settle the area. Fur trading in the densely wooded territory led to French treaties in the late 17th century.

The Mississippi River divides a portion of the state; its source is Lake Itasca. This natural boundary also divided the region when the Treaty of Paris determined United States’ western border after the Revolutionary War. Minnesota would not become whole until 1836 when it became part of the Wisconsin Territory, 33 years following the Louisana Purchase.

The state capital of St. Paul, once called Pig’s Eye Landing, was founded in 1838 along the Mississippi River and was named the territorial capital in 1849. Minnesota became the 32nd state in 1858.
Just upriver from St. Paul, Minneapolis formed from Ft. Snelling, built in 1819.

Today, the metropolis spans both sides of the river for nearly 60 square miles. Downtown Minneapolis includes the world’s most extensive uninterrupted network of indoor pedestrian pathways. The skyway system boasts eight miles connecting restaurants, shopping, businesses, hotels and apartment complexes.
Head north along Lake Superior into the Arrowhead Region where the air stays cooler longer and lake effect will have real meaning. Duluth and points north with an industrial history benefit from mild summers, access to clear summer nights, Aurora Borealis and unspoiled views.

Minnesota State of Wonders Hardcover – November 1, 2016

by Brian Peterson  (Author, Illustrator), & 4 more
Minnesota State of Wonders Hardcover – November 1, 2016

by Brian Peterson  (Author, Illustrator), & 4 more



HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMinnesotaDay

From the founders of the Mayo clinic to the creators of inline skates and cheerleading, Minnesotans find time to create, explore and celebrate.  Tour the cities or 10,000 lakes and all the history in between! 

Don’t forget National Pig Day, also today.
Use #NationalMinnesotaDay to share on social media.

ART – NATURE – HISTORY

Hidden Treasures

For a complete list of Minnesota State and National Parks & Historic Sites visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks
 and www.nps.gov.
Check out a few of the featured sites around the state below.


Lake Bemidji State Park – Bemidji


Cascade River State Park – Lutsen

Saint Croix State Park – Hinckley

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park – Two Harbors

Great River Bluffs State Park – Winona

Lake Maria State Park – Monticello

Fort Ridgely State Park – Fairfax

Old Mill State Park – Argyle

Voyageurs National Park

Pipestone National Monument

Marshall W Alworth Planetarium – Duluth

National Eagle Center – Wabasha

The Works Museum – Bloomington



Wildlife Science Center – Stacy

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post – Onamia

Herreid Military Museum – Luverne



Charles Eastman – Physician – (February 19, 1858 – January 8, 1939)

From the Deep Woods to Civilization: Chapters in the Autobiography of an Indian Hardcover 
From the Deep Woods to Civilization: Chapters in the Autobiography of an Indian Hardcover  by Charles Alexander Eastman  

Charles and William Mayo – Physicians – (June 29, 1861 – July 28, 1939 & July 19, 1865 – May 26, 1939)

The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope, Science Hardcover – September 18, 2018

by David Blistein  (Author), Ken Burns (Author)
The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope, Science Hardcover – September 18, 2018

by David Blistein  (Author), Ken Burns (Author)



Sinclair Lewis – Author – (February 7, 1885 – January 10, 1951)

Elmer Gantry (Signet Classic Series) Hardcover – June 20, 1985

by Sinclair Lewis  (Author)
Elmer Gantry (Signet Classic Series) Hardcover – June 20, 1985

by Sinclair Lewis  (Author)

Richard W. Sears – Businessman – (December 7, 1863 – September 28, 1914)

Richard Warren Sears: Icon of Inspiration Paperback – March 1, 1997

by Frederick Asher  (Author)
Richard Warren Sears: Icon of Inspiration Paperback – March 1, 1997

by Frederick Asher  (Author)

Fred Quimby – Producer – (July 31, 1886 – September 16, 1965)

Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection: Vol. 3

William Hanna (Actor, Director, Writer), & 2 more 
Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection: Vol. 3

William Hanna (Actor, Director, Writer), & 2 more 

F. Scott Fitzgerald – Author – (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940)

F. Scott Fitzgerald Classic Works: Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions Hardcover – 2018

by F. Scott Fitzgerald  (Author)
F. Scott Fitzgerald Classic Works: Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions Hardcover – 2018

by F. Scott Fitzgerald  (Author)
The Great Gatsby (Two-Disc Special Edition DVD)

Special Edition

Leonardo DiCaprio (Actor), Tobey Maguire (Actor), & 1 more
The Great Gatsby (Two-Disc Special Edition DVD)

Special Edition

Leonardo DiCaprio (Actor), Tobey Maguire (Actor), & 1 more

Wanda Gág – Artist – (March 11, 1893 – June 27, 1946)

The Gag Family: German-Bohemian Artists in America Hardcover – August 1, 2002

by Julie L'Enfant  (Author), Phil Freshman (Editor)
The Gag Family: German-Bohemian Artists in America Hardcover – August 1, 2002

by Julie L’Enfant  (Author), Phil Freshman (Editor)

Walter Breuning – Super centenarian – (September 21, 1896 – April 14, 2011)

Walter

Hunter Weeks,Sarah Weeks (Director, Writer, Producer), Walter Breuning,Besse Cooper,Juana Bautista,Ruth Anderson,Mary Tankursley,Sister Cecilia Gaudette,Hunter Weeks,Sarah Weeks (Actor)
Walter

Hunter Weeks,Sarah Weeks (Director, Writer, Producer), Walter Breuning,Besse Cooper,Juana Bautista,Ruth Anderson,Mary Tankursley,Sister Cecilia Gaudette,Hunter Weeks,Sarah Weeks

Richard Gurley Drew – Inventor – (June 22, 1899 – December 14, 1980)

Robert Mondavi – Businessman – (June 18, 1913 – May 16, 2008)

The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty Paperback – May 1, 2008

by Julia Flynn Siler  (Author)
The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty Paperback – May 1, 2008

by Julia Flynn Siler  (Author)

Toni Stone – Baseball Player – (July 17, 1921 – November 2, 1996)

Toni Stone Paperback – January 8, 2020

by Douglas Quinn (Author)
Toni Stone Paperback – January 8, 2020

by Douglas Quinn (Author)

Judy Garland – Performing Artist – (June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969)

Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland Hardcover – March 28, 2000

by Gerald Clarke  (Author)
Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland Hardcover – March 28, 2000

by Gerald Clarke  (Author)
Wizard of Oz by Judy Garland

Judy Garland (Actor), Frank Morgan (Actor), & 1 more  
Wizard of Oz by Judy Garland

Judy Garland (Actor), Frank Morgan (Actor), & 1 more  



Charles Schultz – Cartoonist – (November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000)

My Life with Charlie Brown Hardcover – March 12, 2010

by Charles M. Schulz  (Author), M. Thomas Inge (Editor)
My Life with Charlie Brown Hardcover – March 12, 2010

by Charles M. Schulz  (Author), M. Thomas Inge (Editor)
Celebrating Peanuts: 65 Years Paperback – September 15, 2015

by Charles M. Schulz  (Author)
Celebrating Peanuts: 65 Years Paperback – September 15, 2015

by Charles M. Schulz  (Author)

Roger Maris – Baseball – (September 10, 1934 – December 14, 1985)

Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero Hardcover – March 16, 2010

by Tom Clavin  (Author), Danny Peary  (Author)
Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero Hardcover – March 16, 2010

by Tom Clavin  (Author), Danny Peary  (Author)

John Madden – NFL Coach – (April 10, 1936-)

Game for Life: John Madden Hardcover – July 30, 2019

by Peter Richmond (Author)
Game for Life: John Madden Hardcover – July 30, 2019

by Peter Richmond (Author)

Bob Dylan – Singer-songwriter – (May 24, 1941 -)

Dylan: The Biography Hardcover – May 13, 2014

by Dennis McDougal  (Author)
Dylan: The Biography Hardcover – May 13, 2014

by Dennis McDougal  (Author)

Ann Bancroft – Explorer (September 29, 1955 – )

No Horizon Is So Far: Two Women And Their Extraordinary Journey Across Antarctica Hardcover – September 16, 2003

by Ann Bancroft (Author), Liv Arnesen  (Author)
No Horizon Is So Far: Two Women And Their Extraordinary Journey Across Antarctica Hardcover – September 16, 2003

by Ann Bancroft (Author), Liv Arnesen  (Author)

Prince Rogers Nelson – Singer-songwriter – (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)

My Name Is Prince Hardcover – November 19, 2019

by Randee St. Nicholas  (Author)
My Name Is Prince Hardcover – November 19, 2019

by Randee St. Nicholas  (Author)

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NATIONAL TELL A FAIRY TALE DAY

On February 26, have a happily ever after kind of day. It’s National Tell A Fairy Tale Day!

What were once oral histories, myths, and legends retold around the fire or by traveling storytellers, have been written down and become known the world over as fairy tales.

The origins of most fairy tales were unseemly and would not be approved or rated as appropriate for children by the Association of Fairy Tales by today’s standards. Most were told as a way to make children behave, teach a lesson or to pass the time much like ghost stories around a campfire today.











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Fairy Tales: A Beautiful Collection of Favorite Fairy Tales Hardcover 


Fairy Tales: A Beautiful Collection of Favorite Fairy Tales

Many of the stories have some basis in truth. For example, some believe the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is inspired by the real life of Margarete von Waldeck, the daughter of the 16th century Count of Waldeck. The area of Germany where the family lived was known for mining. Some of the tunnels were so tight they had to use children – or small people such as dwarfs – to work the mines.

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs


Margarete’s beauty is well documented, and she had a stepmother who sent her away. She fell in love with a prince but mysteriously died before she could have her happily ever after.
As the stories evolved, they took on a more magical quality with fictional characters such as fairies, giants, mermaids and gnomes, and sometimes gruesome story plots.
Toes cut off to fit into a slipper, a wooden boy killing his cricket or instead of kissing that frog prince his head must be cut off, but those are the unrated versions.

The brothers Grimm collected and published some of the more well-known tales we are familiar with today. Jakob and his brother Wilhelm together set out on a quest to preserve these tales at a time in history when a tradition of oral storytelling was fading.

Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales Hardcover – November 1, 2011

by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (Author), 
Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales Hardcover – November 1, 2011

by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (Author), 

In 1812, they published their first volume of stories titled Household Tales.  Their stories had a darker quality and were clearly meant for an adult audience.

The Brothers Grimm

Matt Damon (Actor), Heath Ledger 
The Brothers Grimm

Matt Damon (Actor), Heath Ledger 

Rumpelstiltskin is one of the tales they collected. There were several versions, and the little man went by many names in different parts of Europe. From Trit-a-trot in Ireland to Whuppity Stoorie in Scotland, Rumplestiltskin was one difficult man to identify.

While some storytellers have a long and sometimes ancient history such as Aesop (The Fox and the Goose, The Ant and the Grasshopper), others are more recent like the Grimm brothers.

Hans Christian Andersen, first published in 1829, brought to us written versions of the Princess and the Pea, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid and many more. Where Grimm’s tales could take on a darker cast and unmistakably written with adults in mind, Andersen’s stories are sweet and warm.

Hans Christian Andersen's Complete Fairy Tales (Leather-bound Classics
Hans Christian Andersen’s Complete Fairy Tales (Leather-bound Classics


Hans Christian Andersen (DVD)

ORIGINAL

Danny Kaye 
Hans Christian Andersen (DVD)

ORIGINAL

Danny Kaye 

HOW TO OBSERVE
How to Tell a Great Story:

Engage your audience. Children like to participate. Have them quack every time the Ugly Duckling is mentioned, or make the motions of climbing Jack’s beanstalk.

Use repetition. Repeated stanzas, syllables or movements will keep the kids engaged. It not only helps them to remember the story but sets them up for the next round of the repeated phrase or stanza.

Give your characters a voice. Nobody likes a monotone storyteller. Buehler, Buehler, Buehler. No, not even children like the monotone. Varying your voice for each character and inflecting excitement, sadness and disappointment will create drama and stimulate the imaginations of the little minds listening to you.

Ask questions as you go. It’s an excellent way to keep your story flowing and to gauge the children’s listening skills.

Find out if someone has a story of their own. You might be in the presence of a great storyteller!

Share your favorite fairy tale with friends and family.  Try relating them from memory as this has long been a tradition.  Visit a library or local bookstore for story time.  

Use #TellAFairyTaleDay to post on social media.

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International Book Giving Day, February 14, 2020

Devoted to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children and providing access to books for children in need, Book Giving Day calls on volunteers to share their favourite book with a young reader. Although the holiday originated in the UK, book lovers around the world now join in the celebrations every year.

Book Giving Day has few organised events. Instead, individual volunteers are encouraged to give a favourite book or books to children. This can take many forms; some people give books as gifts to their own children or to those of friends. Others donate books to children’s libraries, schools or charities. Still others leave books in places where they’ll be found, such as doctors’ waiting rooms or coach stations.

The organisers of Book Giving Day support the holiday by sharing participants’ stories and offering bonuses such as downloadable holiday bookplates to use in gifts.

#BookGivingDay

https://bookgivingday.com/

Don’t miss these book holidays.
World read Aloud Day, February 5
National Library Lovers Day February 12.
International Book Giving Day, February 14

Support These Literacy Organisations

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NATIONAL LIBRARY LOVER’S MONTH

The entire month of February is dedicated to the people who love whole buildings devoted to the reading, housing, organizing, categorizing, finding, studying and otherwise loving books.  It’every  s National Library Lover’s Month!

Start a liflinf love of reading.
Start a lifelong love affair with reading!

Check out some of these fantastic Authors and their books. I’ve said for years “Hollywood needs a library card. Guess someone finally heard me. ”  They currently have Movies or series based on the books.

Outlander

Books by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander Season 5

Season 5 premieres February 16 on Starz. Add Starz to your Amazon Prime

The Bridgertons

Books by Julia Quinn

Coming to Netflix in 2020

Game of Thrones

Books by George R. R. Martin



Stephanie Plum

Stephanie Plum

Books by Janet Evanovich


There are lots of great authors and books I cannot begin to list them all here. Make sure you bookmark and like our site for more.

Libraries provide so much more than a place for us to enjoy great novels or to discover amazing adventures and untold history.  Yes, they help us ace our research papers and provide a quiet space to study, but they do so much more.

For preschoolers, libraries entertain them with theater and hands-on activities exposing them to music, art and their first friendships. Many communities rely on their libraries for meeting space for public forums, socials, fundraisers and classes.

Libraries lend not only books but music and movies. Rotating art displays give local artists exposure to the community. Larger libraries provide preservation services, preserving some of the most treasured books, periodicals and documents for future generations.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Find a Library close to home. This directory is the most up to date for Libraries in America.

Continue enjoying your library, but consider volunteering your time, too.  If you don’t have a library card, it’s never too late!  Visit your library to get one!  Use #NationalLibraryLoversDay to share on social media.

Of course, if you’re even a fraction addicted to books as I am you may have to start your own library. Mine is currently occupying four bookshelves with some still boxed. Since I like to reread mine I use them frequently. As I usually read a full novel in about two days I have to carry a small ton from my local library or draw from my own. I wish ereaders had been around when I started.

If you want to pass this gift to others February 14th is also International Book Giving Day.

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LIBRARY SHELFIE DAY

On January 22nd if you need a break from the Impeachment Trial, Library Shelfie Day, offers a unique opportunity for book lovers.

Some collectors of books tend to arrange their collections so their spines can be admired pleasantly. Others have a system of organization that results in an alternative art form. However our books are organized on the shelf, they are meant to be photographed and shared on social media.

See Our Outlander sources here.

Check out Author Julia Quinn as her Bridgertons series is coming to Netflix.

Library Shelfies offer book stores, libraries, schools, and individuals an opportunity to express their reading preferences through a single photograph. Whether they frame their favorite authors, titles, genres or cover art, readers share a bit of their library in creative ways. With or without dust jackets, signed and unsigned, dogeared and in mint condition, bibliophiles love books of all kinds.

HOW TO OBSERVE #LibraryShelfieDay

Whether you have a small library with a few select favorites or are a true bibliophile, arrange your collection on a shelf and take a picture. Some suggestions include:

  • Arrange by color
  • Order books by height, thickness, width
  • Arrange book titles so they send a message
  • Stack books artistically
  • Place books in the order in which they were read
  • Rely on the good ol’ alphabetical order by author
  • Display a biography only shelfie

Once you’ve taken your library shelfie, visit a local library and check out theirs. You might find they’ve developed clever ways to entice you to new books and old ones, too. Don’t forget to use #LibraryShelfieDay to share on social media.

LIBRARY SHELFIE DAY HISTORY

The New York Public Library founded Library Shelfie Day as a way to observe various national holidays by displaying shelfies representing books from each day.

You can combine this with Blonde Brownie Day also recognized today. A good cup of coffee or tea, a blonde brownie, and a great book. Curl up in your favorite spot. There is no better way to enjoy a cold winters day. (It’s 30° in Florida. Trust me this is cold for us.)

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY

Martin Luther King Jr Day, on the third Monday in January, honors the American clergyman, activist, Civil Rights Movement leader. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.(January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. King has become a national icon in the history of American progressivism. Hundreds of streets in the U.S. have been renamed in his honor.

Ultimate Black History Month Mega-Set DVD Collection: The Color Purple/Selma/PBS The Abolitionists/PBS Black America Since MLK/Jackie Robinson: My Story/The Jackie Robinson Story/Black List: Volume 1/

Varius (Actor, Director)  
Ultimate Black History Month Mega-Set DVD Collection: The Color Purple/Selma/PBS The Abolitionists/PBS Black America Since MLK/Jackie Robinson: My Story/The Jackie Robinson Story/Black List: Volume 1/

Varius (Actor, Director)  

Education

A gifted and friendly student, King attended Morehouse College, where he earned a BA in sociology. Combining a passion for racial equality with a rediscovered spirituality, King then attended Crozer Theological Seminary following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps earning a Bachelors of Divinity.

Shortly after he completed his Ph.D. in theology at Boston University in 1955, a 42-year-old Rosa Parks (See Rosa Parks Day, which is observed December 1) refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. The opportunity for the NAACP to bring their civil rights efforts to the forefront was before them, and they chose King to lead the successful city-wide boycott of the Montgomery transit system.

Young Civil Rights Movement

Just over a year later, King, along with over 60 other ministers and activists, founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Together they coordinated non-violent protests and gave a voice to the young civil rights movement.

Through the next twelve years, King would be influential in organizing marches, sit-ins, and political rallies for civil rights. During a 1963 March on Washington, D.C. for Jobs and Freedom, King spoke before more than 200,000 regarding the challenges African Americans face. His “I Have a Dream” speech has gone down in many history books as one of the greatest speeches ever given. Brutally honest, a call to action, and a vision of hope, King’s speech resonated throughout the nation.  

Selma

In early 1964, during a march outside Selma, 1,500 men and women met a wall of state troopers. There, King led the marchers in prayer and successfully avoided any confrontation with authorities. On July 2, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. That same year, King became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his unswerving work in the Civil Rights Movement.

In early 1965, Selma, Alabama, became the center of the Civil Rights movement. A new voting rights legislation was introduced in Congress. It proposed banning literacy tests and mandating federal oversight where tests were administered. Additionally, it gave the U.S. attorney general the duty of challenging the use of poll taxes for state and local elections. Televised violence in February of that year resulted in the death of Jimmie Lee Jackson. King’s presence and President Johnson’s support of the marchers helped bring peace. Throughout the next month, marchers continued between Selma and Montgomery. Congress passed the Voting Rights Act in August of that year.

Selma

Oyelowo, David (Actor), France, Jim (Actor)
Selma

Oyelowo, David (Actor), France, Jim (Actor)


Author, speaker, father, theologian, activist. King died on April 4, 1968, when James Earl Ray assassinated him in Memphis, Tennessee. King arrived in Memphis with other SCLC members in support of a sanitation workers’ strike. They were staying at the Lorraine Motel when Ray’s bullet struck King on the balcony. Riots and violence would follow, and President Johnson would call for peace, referring to King as the “apostle of nonviolence.”

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. Kindle Edition

by Clayborne Carson  (Author)
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. Kindle Edition

by Clayborne Carson  (Author)


HOW TO OBSERVE #MartinLutherKingJrDay

Many schools, businesses, and government offices are closed during Martin Luther King Jr Day. Schools hold programs or teach curricula engaging students in Civil Rights history and lessons throughout the week.  Learn more about the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Watch one of the documentaries or read one of the books listed below:

King: A Filmed Record – Montgomery to Memphis.  

Freedom Riders
Freedom Riders


The Children’s March
The Children’s March


Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference By David Garrow
Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference By David Garrow


Freedom’s Daughters by Lynne Olson
Freedom’s Daughters by Lynne Olson


Use #MartinLutherKingJrDay to post on social media.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY HISTORY

While President Ronald Reagan signed the established observance into law in 1983, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was first observed as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986.

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NATIONAL CUDDLE UP  DAY Jan 6

Each year on January 6th, National Cuddle Up Day encourages us to snuggle up with someone for the health benefits and more!

January is typically some of the coldest days of the year, so what better way to stay warm and reap the health benefits of cuddling on National Cuddle Up Day? Whether it’s a three dog night (a night so cold it takes three dogs to cuddle up with to stay warm) or only slightly chilly, there are multiple benefits to cuddling with human or canine or other pet.

Pinzon Faux Fur Throw Blanket - 63 x 87 Inch, Frost Grey  by Pinzon by Amazon
Pinzon Faux Fur Throw Blanket – 63 x 87 Inch, Frost Grey

by Pinzon by Amazon

Cuddling releases oxytocin. This hormone alone has tremendous health benefits. Besides giving us warm and fuzzy feelings, oxytocin reduces pain. So when the cold has made those muscles and joints ache, cuddling can help reduce those aches and pains.

Oxytocin also helps reduce heart disease, lowers blood pressure, stress, and anxiety. If it weren’t free, insurance carriers would probably cover cuddling since it’s such a huge health benefit!

Communication is more than just e-mails, texts, or conversation. Physical touch can communicate trust, commitment, safety, and reassurance. This goes for human to human contact as well as human to pet contact. Cuddling expresses all these things, which are vital to a healthy relationship.

Boyfriend Pillow The Original Boyfriend Body Pillow Blue

by Boyfriend Pillow
Boyfriend Pillow The Original Boyfriend Body Pillow Blue

by Boyfriend Pillow


Cuddling also boosts sexual desire. Dopamine is released, stimulating the brain to seek pleasure. But dopamine also can improve memory and focus as well.

Don’t have someone to cuddle up with?  Make an appointment for a massage.  Studies show massage provides similar benefits.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCuddleUpDay

Cuddle up with someone you love. Invite your pet up on the sofa for a snuggle session. Schedule a massage. Use #NationalCuddleUpDay

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