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Nadine Kahn  Identity Verified
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Jul 22, 2007

Perhaps you didn't hear about this, therefore I'm going to post it here. It's an initiative of Juan Mann from Australia, whose sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives.

Here's the original clip from Sydney:

http://www.youtube.com/v/vr3x_RRJdd4


Free Hugs in Tel Aviv:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TroAeYtRKWQ


South Korea:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKILQPBcVTI

Venezuela:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3FJuKjS5uY

China:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLImQtyjI10


Feel free to add your town or country I think it's so fascinating how everyone responds to this action.


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Graciela Guzman  Identity Verified
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Abrazos gratis Jul 23, 2007

Pleased to add Argentina.
http://www.abrazosgratis.org
There is a youtube video in this site. Something nice, at last!


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Nadine Kahn  Identity Verified
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Jeje Jul 23, 2007

Graciela Guzman wrote:

Pleased to add Argentina.
http://www.abrazosgratis.org
There is a youtube video in this site. Something nice, at last!



Gracias y que tengas buen comienzo de semena.


The video was from Málaga, Spain:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V10LZI7gC5g


[Edited at 2007-07-23 08:48]


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Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
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Doesn't this make hugs "cheap"? Jul 23, 2007

I have been told this argument against free sex and did not really know what to reply..

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Leena vom Hofe  Identity Verified
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hugs can't be cheap enough Jul 23, 2007

It's something to give away just like this!!!

I believe this is a wonderful campaign! Thinking about all those people craving for some contact in our cold and loveless world...

(Sorry for these sad words... but aren't they a bit true?)

Hugs for everyone!


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Anne Goff  Identity Verified
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"Cheap Hugs" Jul 23, 2007

I think it's a nice idea, but hugs aren't wonderful because a person is putting their arms around you, they're wonderful because they are an expression of friendship, sympathy, consolation...

Can this hold true if the person giving the hug is a stranger who has never seen you before, knows nothing about you, and will never see you again?


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Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
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Valid Points Jul 23, 2007

Leena vom Hofe wrote:
Thinking about all those people craving for some contact in our cold and loveless world...

That's a good point.
Anne Goff wrote:
...hugs aren't wonderful because a person is putting their arms around you, they're wonderful because they are an expression of friendship, sympathy, consolation...

Can this hold true if the person giving the hug is a stranger who has never seen you before, knows nothing about you, and will never see you again?

Another point to check..



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Graciela Guzman  Identity Verified
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Jeje. Here's one from Buenos Aires (Plaza San Martín) Jul 23, 2007

Hi, Enkay,

This is the one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yuIwlFo07Q

Take care,

Graciela


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Nadine Kahn  Identity Verified
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Making moments count Jul 24, 2007

Harry Bornemann wrote:

Leena vom Hofe wrote:
Thinking about all those people craving for some contact in our cold and loveless world...

That's a good point.
Anne Goff wrote:
...hugs aren't wonderful because a person is putting their arms around you, they're wonderful because they are an expression of friendship, sympathy, consolation...

Can this hold true if the person giving the hug is a stranger who has never seen you before, knows nothing about you, and will never see you again?

Another point to check..



They all leave with a smile!

A third point to check.


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Nadine Kahn  Identity Verified
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Some German love Jul 24, 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hdNFGNuoFI

Hugs in Cologne are a tad longer, don't you think?


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Daina Jauntirans  Identity Verified
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Hugging strangers? Jul 24, 2007

I don't think this will go over too well in the US where in many cities it's advisable not even to make eye contact with strangers!

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Leena vom Hofe  Identity Verified
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That's just the sad thing! Jul 24, 2007

Daina Jauntirans wrote:

I don't think this will go over too well in the US where in many cities it's advisable not even to make eye contact with strangers!


That's just what is so sad about "our" world... But I was thinking about all those "old" people all by themselves with no one ever hugging them. They are so LONELY often. So it's just about giving them a bit of love and friendship (even if you don't know them and will probably never see them again!)

Great thing to share isn't it?


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Nadine Kahn  Identity Verified
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Have a look! Jul 24, 2007

Daina Jauntirans wrote:

I don't think this will go over too well in the US where in many cities it's advisable not even to make eye contact with strangers!


New York City:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD6o49Uqv10

Loved the doggie hug

San Fran:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw11jtAk8Cs

Works for me


One more:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5zsiyCBaF8



[Edited at 2007-07-24 17:52]


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Daina Jauntirans  Identity Verified
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Okay Jul 25, 2007

I guess I'm alone in not finding this prospect appealing!



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