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Free Hugs Campaign

This video  is awesome. Please go see it. I wasn’t able to get it into the player so, you are on your own.  

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 your friends and HUG A STRANGER! If you can reach just one person…..
The following guidelines are meant to give insight into how two people can share an awesome hug. The hugs which will be described are hugs between individuals who wish to totally embrace one another.

Step One
 Before you give/receive a hug you must take into consideration the position in which your partner is engaging you. This is very important. Observe how the person is embracing you so that you may respond in the best way. There are 4 possible embraces:
  1. Underhand: Your partner approaches you with his/her arms ready to wrap around your torso, under yours. This type of embrace is commonly undertaken by those who are smaller than you, though this is not necessary. Respond to this embrace with an Overhand:
  2. Overhand: The person approaches you aiming over your shoulders. This is evident by a certain characteristic move which looks sort of like a "dive", though it does not always present itself like this. It is common for someone who is taller than you to approach you with this embrace. This type of embrace is hard to master, and I’d recommend you only use it to respond to an Underhand.
  3. Cross (Right): Your partner approaches you with his/her left arm higher than the right. This will result in your heads tilting to your right, and having each other at your respective lefts. Only with Cross-type hugs can the position of your head be determined by the approach, the prior two don’t give any insight into this, they may end up on the left or right (it is not always, however, that the position of the head can be determined in these types of hugs, but most of the time). The left arm will come over the shoulder, while the right arm goes under: this applies to both of you. This embrace is the most common one, and usually performed by two people who are about the same height. It is also recommended, since you may both cover the most area with your arms and get a tighter, better fitting grip on each other. Use this same embrace as a response.
  4. Cross (Left): Your partner approaches you with his/her right arm higher than the left. Your heads will tilt to your left, and you will end up at each other’s respective rights. The right arm will come over the shoulder, while the left arm goes under. Respond with this same embrace.
Step Two
 So you have come together; since your bodies should be neatly fit into each other, there are only two things you need to keep track of at this point: your head, and your arms/hands.
  • Your head: Whether you have ended at each other’s respective left or right, there are basically only two options for your head at this point: 1) Look forward, maintain your heads touching, and lay your chin on the person’s neck lightly if you would like. 2) Burrow your head into your partner’s neck, which conveniently seems to allow it to fit. This is most common between lovers. So please do not do this unless this is your partner! It is also common if you’re being embraced while crying. Note that head positioning may be limited by the person who is hugging Overhand.
  • Your arms & hands: This is where it gets tricky for most people. Depending on what type of embrace you have given and received, the maneuverability of your hands will be dictated. Once again, it is best to share a Cross-type hug, so that both your head and arms get the most out of it. Depending on which type of embrace you are sharing, your arms/hands will be positioned in several ways:
    • With an Underhand embrace you may wrap your arms around the person’s torso or lift them upwards so that they reach over your partner’s shoulder. The latter is not recommended unless the hug is short and generally friendly; also, your hands would only be able to tap. If you wrap around the torso, you may lay one arm over the other, though it is better if you put one on top of the other (i.e.: from the back, "-" stacked arms, or "=" arms both on the back). You may rub with limited range and also pat.
    • With an Overhand embrace your arms will typically wrap around the person’s head, though you may manage to drive them into the upper torso with a certain angle. This gives you limited maneuverability: you may rub with a very limited range, and pat.
    • In both Cross embraces, the arms and hands have the most freedom. Do not be afraid to touch the person’s back: you’re hugging, your partner will not be upset if you touch his/her back, in fact, (s)he will want you to. Do not lay your arms on top of each other, instead, cover some ground.
Step Three
 After you have embraced the person for a certain time, you may go on to move your arms and hands, and either "rub" or "pat". Rubbing consists of running your hands up and down his/her back, creating a very soothing sensation. Patting consists of just that: clapping your hands on his/her back softly. Take some time to take in the hug, however, before you rub or pat. It is actually not necessary to do either of these. Note that many people do not like pats, and many like rubs very much. You may now disengage and are complete with your hug. Ahh, breathe in all the air you were deprived of while your lungs were being squished. Great job!!! 

There are many other things you can do while giving a hug. One of the simple ones includes lifting up the person if (s)he is shorter and lighter than you. Note that this only works if you have an Underhand hold on the person, or if you’re engaged in a Cross-type hug. Do not try this if you engaged the person with an Overhand. If you have the person off of the ground and feel adventurous, you may try to spin him/her once or twice (make sure to have some space before you do this). There are countless other things you can do; experiment and always have fun!!!

Great big virtual hugs to all of you


20 responses »

  1. Rosebay Hi………..I\’m sending the link for "Hugs" along to my sister, she a hugger.  I heard you sent the "Crowns ", for the Convention, if so thanks………I tooks 12 orders for Burger King…..and one offer from a guy in drag……..

  2. You know…  I\’m a hugger, but the free hugs thing?  I think I have a wider radius of personal space than most people…  I would have to be DESPERATE for a hug before participating.  🙂  Oh!  I just realized!  I\’m supposed to be calling here shortly!!!!!!!  I\’ve been thinking about it all week and at first, I panic, trying to remember what day it is, what day I\’m supposed to call, and then breathing a sigh of relief that I haven\’t missed it…  lol 

  3. Hi,funny dog pictures and hug pictures, I like them.

  4. Hi there! I enjoyed your space. I just love the "how to give a hug" instructions. Very cute. 🙂

  5. Germany is absolutely FABULOUS! Ask me again after winter though. haha

  6. Hi Wendy,
     After seeing some of the Vegas pictures I really wished I could have went. I just could get the extra vacation time since I already have a after Christmas trip to Germany comming up. Thank for sending my tribute to Toms family, there were so many really nice ones out there. He had a lot of people here who cared about him. Thanks for stopping by

  7. Hey woman.. virtual hugs back at ya… I am a big fan of those.. until we meet in person.. then they are totally real..
    love ya ..
    virtual hugs

  8. What a great story! If only more people would hug, just think how great this planet could really be.

  9. 不错不错
    用你们美国话说是Very Good !

  10. Hi Wendy, Sorry, but I must\’ve been asleep at the mouse for a while, with all the excitement around here. Anyway, Our little boy, Pepper, is two and a half, black and tan short hair. We were told he was a miniature, but he\’s a stout 20 pounds. He\’s trained to ring the bell hanging on the back door when he wants to go out. He\’s my constant companion, and I feel he knows I\’m sick, so he never leaves my side, at least until mommy comes home. Have you posted any pictures of yours?

  11. Hiya, Wendy! Just saw your visit. Thank you. One part of my legacy left his own comment. I\’m not like that everyday but when I am…I really sink. Again, thank you for your words, Every kind one helps, ya know I appreciate it. You are right…we don\’t know each other very well. Let\’s remedy that.
    Take care, Poopdeck!

  12. i tried to go see the video but it crashed my IE. will try again later when i have more time. sounds like a good one to watch. ^S^

    Hi there to all my friends and readers of the Daily News.
    Here I am again with my Sunday Generic Message (gsm)
    This week has flown past faster than ever.
    I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. Here is a little gift from me

    The blonde joke competition is now closed and all the jokes entered are in today’s paper.
    Please come and see them and leave a message telling me which is your favourite. I am going to choose the overall winner but your imput is needed to help me decide.
    Thank you to all of you that are putting the breast cancer gif I sent you into your sites. I will be putting a pink ribbon for you in the newspaper in the next day or so. Please make sure your name goes in, let me know if you think I have forgotten you and you are displaying the gif where everyone can see it. (preferably in your sandbox)
    Here is the gif again in case any of you have lost it or in case I missed you when I dropped them off before.
    Don’t forget everyone who displays this gif on their space will get a pink ribbon with their name on it in the special breast cancer page in the daily news

    I am getting excited as the big day for my benefit gig comes closer. I hope to have lots of photo’s and maybe even a little film to show of the day.
    If you would like to make a contribution to the fund there are details on my songfairy site.
    If your birthday, anniversary or any other celebration is coming up in October and I don’t already have it in the birthday honours list please let me know and I will add it as soon as I can. Send me a photo of yourself to put in the paper too.
    Have you seen the new Angel Of The Month dedication to your favourite people? If not please take a look and nominate your Angel Of The Month.
    Thank you to everyone for taking the time to leave me your lovely comments and send me emails of items to add to the paper.
    Have a fantastic Sunday and a brilliant week ahead
    …..____(“\\…………….-\’""""`-……………./“)___..(____……..\\____ /….(O…..O)….\\____ /……..___)(____………………(…………)………)……………____)..(____………_____\\…..\\____/…../_____………____)…….(______/………..`-._____.-\’…………\\______)……………..LET ME GIVE YOU A HUG ……………….
    Take care ^S^

  13. Hi Rosebay,
    I\’ll try the hug on a stranger today. Probably play it safe and try hugging a guy. I\’m not too keen on getting slapped in the face by some female I don\’t even know .. lol.

  14. My favourite hug is a big squooshie one, and I thought I\’d pop in and leave one for you 🙂
    Hope you\’re having a great day ~hugs~

  15. I love your entry!  Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.  MSN is full of good people.  Sadly it takes just one or two to seemingly spoil the whole cart.  We can prevent that however by not allowing it to continue.  I think this has been an eye opener for many.  I still believe in good people and I won\’t let one example spoil the illusion.  Hope you have a wonderful week!

  16. Mornin\’, Wendy! Just around for a quick Monday \’Hello\’!
    Hope ya have a good week!
    Take care,    Poopdeck!

  17. Thanks for the kind comments and a big virtual hug to you!

  18. Hi there:  I suck at hugging…lol…I love to hug, I just don\’t do it very well.  Always awkward.  Now that I have your instructions I should be much better at it….lol.
    Love the little video of the momma kitty that\’s taking care of the pups…..too cute.


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