I met a very friendly group of young folks in Glasgow, Scotland. They were offering free hugs in the busy Buchanan Street shopping area. Did I go for free hugs? Of course! I loved the Glasgow hospitality!
I’ve heard a lot about the Free Hug Campaign through my trainings with Jack Canfield (co-Author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series), and a lot of hugging goes on every time our group is with Jack.
The Free Hug Campaign, started back in 2004 by an Australian man known only by the pseudonym “Juan Mann”, is a social movement involving individuals who offer hugs to strangers in public places. The campaign became famous internationally in 2006 as the result of a music video on YouTube by the Australian band Sick Puppies. The hugs are meant to be random acts of kindness – selfless acts performed just to make others feel better.
The ‘official’ International Free Hugs Day is celebrated on the first Saturday of July. I’m glad the Glasgow group was out hugging today and didn’t wait for the ‘official’ day. And I hope they were able to brighten up the day for a lot of Glasgow shoppers.
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