This made me cry happy, hormonal tears today.
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AHHHH, That was great, you got me crying hormnal tears too.
I got through the video without crying — just thought it was sweet, and liked the way it went from black & white to color when he got his first hug. When I read the comments on the video, though… THAT’S when I started crying.
thanks for sharing that link. you don’t need to be going through hormonal assault to tear up there.
Linked it on my blog too! Thanks for sharing…I saw this right after hearing of the shooting of the Amish children. I cried hard just from that sad stark contrast to those events. The world needs a hug after something like that. Perhaps if that man who shot those kids had gotten a random hug from a stranger more often he wouldn’t have killed those poor children.
Not only linked it…but sent it to about 50 other people!!!!!!!!!!!! Spreading this couldn only HELP…ya know.
now look what you made me do… I’m crying too.
I’m hoping that if we ALL link to it the world will just be a little better…
oh what a great video. more happy tears over here.
Wow. Thanks, Andrea. That took my breath away!
That video was filmed in Sydney! It’s fantastic. 🙂
happy hormonal tears along with you, my friend…
this just made my day.
It’s not just the hormones, though I’m sure they’re helping. I saw this last week for the first time, and I, too, cried happy tears. I yearned for a hug after watching it.
Got teary-eyed when I watched this, too. Sent it to a bunch of friends last week and am using it as part of a lesson at the school where I am a teacher. We need more stuff like this on the news.
Awesome Andrea! Thanks for sharing with us!
That guy is a local here in Sydney. Thats our main pedestrian mall in the city. I actually met his mate that does it with him last year at something else before realising who he was.
Its so weird that hes become a youtube sensation! haha
Me too… 😉
ive walked past this guy so so many times everybody seems quite frightened of him except the japanese tourists who go right in for the hugs.
Everyday we see people who need a hug…maybe this video will teach us not to be afraid to share!
Linked on my Blog too in Australia and two others in the uk.
It is so moving is it not?
The man was on Australian tv yesterday.He’s now trying to go for a world record. Hug on!
Love the video. Love, love, love the photograph. A perfect moment captured.
That was fabulous. Made me smile and get a little teary. I was so happy when he got his first hug! 🙂
Yup. Tears streaming down my face. 🙂 And I think it temporarily helped my morning sickness go away. Woohoo! Thanks for posting this.
That’s not hormones, that’s humanity.
I do think it’s telling that something so simple can be so profound. Why am I crying, and feeling my insides react? I guess it’s remotely connecting to how it feels to interact with strangers in a basic human affirmation. Being open and vulnerable is powerful stuff. Thank you Andrea. I hope you are well. Thinking of you. XO
At first I thought “Who is Hugs and why is he not free”
but then you see the uncompromising action of a hug from a stranger and you can’t help but smile and feel happy.
Thank you it was greatly enjoyed.
I’m one of your many, many fans, and I’ve never posted a comment before. I just wanted to say THANKS for posting the link to “Free Hugs.” Watching it completely transformed my morning from a vague self pity to a sense of abundance and gratitude. You provide a true service to your readers. I am so glad you are on the planet.
I’m not hormonal and I cried. 🙂 Love love love that first little lady.
Still sniffling. So sweet.
So sweet! Thanks for linking it
so sweet andrea,
i loved the first woman too.
thanks for sharing.
I am crying happy hormonal tears right along with you…thanks for sharing something so beautiful.
deezee told me about this post and about you. funny because i just linked to this exact video today, too!
you give me hope.
That made my day: being moved to tears by the public hugging, and then finding myself here among a like-minded and like-hearted sisterhood. Thanks, Andrea.
love it! yep, me cried too. so much love growing inside while watching the video, waiting to pour out unto needed souls. thank you deeply andrea.
Ahhhh… the body loves a good hug. This should be a world-wide movement. Imagine what could happen!
I love this. So much.
I love this photo! It beams with happiness.
thank you, andrea. that was beautiful.
i cried too. no hormones necessary.
I do some wedding photography, too, and I just love this picture. It’s so intimate and triumphant. Well done! What a perfectly captured moment.
The video was amazing. I think I’m going to have to hug people today.
I balled. Thank-you.
boho sent me this link and i have watched it several times.
oh my goodness…such delight.
Me too. Except for the hormonal part.
Thanks so much.
that’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in a long time. it gives me hope
Thank you for sharing this video….
I couldn’t help but think about how much we guard ourselves from those we don’t know…..