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Monday, July 18th 2022

Updated: Jul 19, 2022

You control the temperature inside your home or office, but in order to make informed decisions about how to set the thermostat, you need to know what's happening outside!

Today's Weather

Today's Weather Summary

Humid conditions expected today with rain and possible thunderstorms this afternoon.

Weather Advisory

Severe thunderstorm watch this afternoon.

Air Conditioning Recommendation

Set to: Cooling mode at your preferred temperature.

Heating Recommendation

Set To: Off.

Look Ahead

Today's Sun Schedule

Today Is: Global Hug Your Kids Day

Global Hug Your Kids Day is celebrated on the third Monday of every July, which is July 18 this year. The day celebrates the bond between parents and children. The purpose of this day is simple — hug your children to express how much you love them.

History Of Global Hug Your Kids Day

Global Hug Your Kids Day was started by Michelle Nichols in 2008. This was a decade after her son Mark died due to brain cancer at the age of eight. Nichols started observing the day as a reminder to mothers and fathers, especially those who spend long hours at work and often away, to express affection to their kids by hugging them.

Hugging is probably as ancient as humans themselves. It is practiced by almost all cultures as an act of affection and empathy without using words. People hug to convey a myriad of messages, some of which include a greeting or goodbye, to express sympathy or to congratulate, and to convey gratitude, support, and affection. The word ‘hug’ might have originated from ‘hugga,’ an Old Norse word that means ‘to comfort.’ In the early 17th century, ‘hug’ was used to describe a wrestling hold. The current meaning of the word came into existence sometime in the 1650s.

Hugging is good for your health, too. It releases a hormone called oxytocin into the bloodstream. Oxytocin is produced in the pituitary gland and it helps regulate blood pressure, heart rate, and the stress hormone cortisol. Hugging may also reduce anxiety, improve mood and memory, and increase bonding and closeness. Studies show that those who hug often tend to have greater empathy for others. Hugging a kid can boost their oxygen levels, calm breathing, and ease pain signals. It may also help the brain grow and make infection and other illnesses, like hypoglycemia or hypothermia, less likely.

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