The search begins…

I am an avid newspaper reader, scan the web daily and check up on my current events. What I notice is that most stories we read or hear today are depressing, involve a loss of money, life or dignity, inspire fear or repulsion and make you want to stay inside with a big pillow over your head.

So, I have decided to go on a mission to find the other side of this coin. I am on a search for hopeful, motivating and inspiring stories; stories that make you laugh, make your heart jump and give you wings. The world is not what he media makes it to be – a dark and gloomy place – there is so much goodness out there – there has to be! We just have to find it.

It took me less than 5 minutes to find my first such story. Predictably, I didn’t come across it in the New York Times or BBC, but found it on some unassuming website.

I find it highly appropriate to start my adventure at this point.


As it reads on their website:,

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 come 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! After all, If you can reach just one person.

Watch this short movie about the man and his campaign!


Personally, I was never much of a hugger. I felt uncomfortable and needed the personal space. I can appreciate why people, upon seeing a man with a sign “Free Hugs” would pass by without a second glance, maybe even revulsion. Over the past years, I have lost this inhibition, and while not personally going around spreading hugs, do appreciate a hug once in a while. After all, why not? There is too much pain and loneliness in this world so that stopping to show ones affection and empathy, even to a stranger, appears to me to be a step in the right direction; a hug, or any good-natured human interaction, can mean a great deal. So, the next time you see a stranger, get into an argument with a friend, family member or loved one, stop, take a breath and share a hug – it might work miracles.


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