Imagine standing around in a busy shopping mall, brandishing a sign
saying "Free Hugs."
That's exactly what the anonymous hugger known as "Juan Mann" began doing back in 2004. After experiencing the power of a random hug from a complete stranger, Mann decided to pass it forward.
And pass it forward he did. At first people were leery of his motives, but pretty soon Mann and his growing team of huggers
had their arms full.
It wasn't that much longer before Oprah embraced the concept. Mann stood outside her studio one morning in 2006, hugging members of the crowd waiting to get in.
For those who prefer pre-planned hugs, Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh offers a "Hugging Meditation Practice." He explains: Hugging with mindfulness and
concentration can bring reconciliation, healing, understanding, and much happiness.
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