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Story of Juan Mann

September 29, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Sometimes, a hug is all what we need.

Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whose sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives.

In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal.

As this symbol of human hope spread across the city, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs campaign BANNED. What we then witness is the true spirit of humanity comes together in what can only be described as awe inspiring.

In the Spirit of the free hugs campaign, PASS THIS TO A FRIEND and HUG A STRANGER!

How it all started:

I’d been living in London when my world turned upside down and I’d had to come home. By the time my plane landed back in Sydney, all I had left was a carryon bag full of clothes and a world of troubles. Nobody to receive me back, no place to call home. I was a tourist in my hometown.

Standing there in the arrivals terminal, watching other passengers meeting their waiting friends and family, with open arms and smiling faces, hugging and laughing together, I wanted someone out there to be waiting for me. To be happy to see me. To smile at me. To hug me.

So I got some cardboard and a marker and made a sign. I found the busiest pedestrian intersection in the city and held that sign aloft, with the words “Free Hugs” on both sides.

And for 15 minutes, people just stared right through me. The first person, who stopped, tapped me on the shoulder and told me how her dog had just died that morning. How that morning had been the one year anniversary of her only daughter dying in a car accident. How what she needed now, when she felt most alone in the world, was a hug. I got down on one knee, we put our arms around each other and when we parted, she was smiling.

Everyone has problems and for sure mine haven’t compared. But to see someone who was once frowning, smile even for a moment is worth it every time.

For more information or if you would like to join the movement, please visit Juan Mann website – http://www.freehugscampaign.org/






Categories: Motivate Yourself
  1. September 29, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I believe Hugs can be one of the best health medicines.

  2. September 29, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I agree fully, it brings mental comfort and brings hope 🙂

  3. Shammi
    September 29, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I agree. A hug can do wonders…

  4. September 30, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Absolutely Shammi, I wish people could hug more with each other, a hug goes from me to you my friend 🙂

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