A man in Sydney, Australia walks around a mall holding a “Free Hugs” sign…and what do you think happens? If you haven’t yet seen this three and a half minute YouTube video, now’s the time. I keep coming back to it because it’s so heartwarming, and the movement continues to grow. First released in September on YouTube, by November the video had over seven million views. The story is amazing, and there is more to it…Good Morning America aired it, and the man, calling himself “Juan Mann”, even recently appeared on Oprah. The Sydney Morning Herald covered it here. Here is another article about it – and here is the official website. Wikipedia has a great overview too, and links to much more about it. It started a worldwide movement…and Juan Mann isn’t the only hugger to face problems; in China huggers were thrown in jail!
Let’s all give someone a hug today and make the world a better place.
“The Master is available to all people and doesn’t reject anyone.”
-Tao Te Ching #27