Jul 16 2012

Hugs for ALL

In today’s fast-paced world, people often lament the lack of community that once defined small-town America. After moving to a new city, Melinda Schmidt wanted to connect with people in the same way she did with her friends and family back home.

The answer? Hugs. Lots of them. For an entire year, Schmidt made it her goal to hug at least one total strangerevery day -- brightening their day and her own. In this video produced by HooplaHa, she says she loves to hug people who look like they are having a rough day. “All that stress kind of melts away,” she says.

Schmidt even decided to write about her experience, sharing stories of her memorable 365 days of hugs.

Share the love (and this video) and make an ordinary day a little happier! How many people have you hugged today?

Is it OK to hug a co-worker?

Etiquette experts said hugging a co-worker is sometimes acceptable and even welcome.

More than one-third of the nearly 20,000 people who took our poll said they do hug at work, and more than one-third said they occasionally have been known to do so.

Many huggers defended the practice.

“Let's not get so PC that we can't be human beings with feelings,” one reader wrote.  Some said they have health issues and sensitivities that make hugging uncomfortable. Others just said they find it physically awkward.

“No. I'm short and my face usually winds up in your armpit area or I have to stand on tiptoes. It makes me feel like a child - an angry child,” one reader wrote.

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7/16/2012 6:48:47 AM
andrea United States
I am a hugger but I also have fibromyalgia and when I am in the midst of a flare up it is very painful for anyone to touch or hug me.
7/16/2012 7:37:27 AM
Lissa United States
I understand the health issue because some people have allergies. I don't like to hug people who wear really strong perfume because it gets on me and I can smell it for a long time. It irritates my allergies. I DO love to hug people. I'm known at church as "the hugger" - everyone knows they can always get a good hug from me to brighten their day. Some people even come find me for their hug. Someone once told me that we need twelve hugs a day to stay healthy.
On the issue of hugging shorter people, if you are tall, bend down a little. No one I know wants to have their face buried in anyones armpit.
Firm but not suffocating hugs are wonderful. Kind of like the handshake. If it's too light, or too hard, it's just not the same as a good, firm one.
7/16/2012 7:40:29 AM
Lissa United States
One more thing, if it's someone you haven't hugged before, ask if it's ok to hug them. Then, don't be offended if they say no. If you are uncomfortable asking, you can hold out both hands like you are going to hug them and if they only hold out one hand to shake, then do that instead. Sometimes I watch them with other people to see if they are hugging before I approach them.
7/23/2012 7:06:04 AM
Mauro United States
Wow - even just watching the video made me feel the warmth and stress relief of hugging. I miss the person whose hugs mean the most to me. It's temporary but indefinite as to when we can resume. Anyway, the tears are ones of emotional release that has chipped away at the sludge covering my hurting heart. Thanks for your project and the video. I didn't know how God was going to reach me this morning. The KLOVE songs weren't, my praise was being cut short, but I did expect God to find a way - and He did with this video. Lately, I've been experiencing too many "places where grace is soon to be so amazing", and this video and text have been the "amazing" place where God remained (once again) faithful to His new covenant!
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