Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Day 17: Gave Away Free Hugs to Whomever Wanted One
I knew that I couldn't give away belongings or money every day of this journey. For one, I would go broke. The other reason is that I wanted to show that kindness doesn't always have to have monetary value. Some things have value that you may not be as apparent or discernible as cash or gifts. One of those things is a hug. Anthropologist and Humanitarian, Dr. Ashley Montagu once said of the value of a hug, "Hugging is health-enhancing because it reduces tension and stress, aids the immune system, helps with sleep, assists in building self-esteem and best of all has no negative side effects. When we open our hearts and arms to others, we inspire them to do likewise." So for today's random act of kindness, I am going to one of the busier areas in Chicago and offering free hugs to whomever wants one. I am guaranteed to get some strange looks, but maybe I will be able to offer a hug to someone who is really in need of one.