Free Hugs

(OK, this is an old story, but I haven’t paid due attention before, and only found out about it today, via this photograph at Flickr)

Free Hugs is an amazing movement. People just make signs with “Free Hug” and go out on the streets, offering free hugs to strangers. It’s all about loving people for who they are, and sharing the good feelings with the world.

I have a mixed feeling about it. On one hand, I think that’s an excellent idea. It’s perfectly normal and all that, and the world does need more love. (Just read through some hugstories at the official web site.) On the other hand, I know that I won’t be making a sign and going out on the street any time soon. Although, if I see someone with the sign, I’d give him or her a hug.

Why wouldn’t I make a sign myself? The jury is still out on that one. It’ll take me some time to figure that out, but the two leads for now are insecurities and cultural atmosphere in Cyprus.

Before you run away from this blog and never come back, please take the time to watch this video, read this Wikipedia page, check this discussion at digg, and look through this article. If you are still here, please, leave a comment.

4 thoughts on “Free Hugs”

  1. I wouldn’t run away from this blog (and I’ll certainly come back)(not that -that’s- a GOOD thing…)(grin!)… just because of a video about hugging!

    That’s a great video and I’ve seen it before – what a wonderfully sweet and courageous idea!!

    I actually wept towards the end, it’s very touching to see human beings, total strangers, sharing affection. It’s a huge contradiction to all the anger and hatred in the world.

    Love *is* the answer – and love takes courage.

  2. I made a FREE HUGS T-shirt for myself and now I am selling it on The responce people give me when wearing this shirt is shocking, they want a hug!! It is simple but I think it is on the right track. Just go to and search FREE HUGS, mine is the Blue colored one. I think blue is a softer feeling and it looks go on. Imagine Peace.

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