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.

6 comments:

  1. I saw your story on ABC 7 and think it's a great idea! Just as a suggestion for the future, maybe you can do something at a senior citizen center - sometimes just having visitors really makes their day; and maybe when groups of people are out shoveling, or working outside in the cold, a nice hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate is a little touch they might appreciate. A year is a long time to keep going, but wanting to set a good example for your baby daughter is a fantastic motivation! Ad we'll be here cheering you on!

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  2. Ryan, I just saw your news piece on Channel 7 news and BRAVO!!! to you! You are also the ONLY person's blog I've subscribed to; the rest are basically useless and self-serving monologues. I, too, practice "Random Act of Kindness" days; not 366 but enough to keep me at peace with the world. I'll start reading your blog from the beginning and if you need any ideas, I'll share. You made me smile, today, even without a hug.

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  3. Was feeling down, but when I saw this, it truly made me smile! Good for you and how you made others feel today, with a hug!!!...:0)

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  4. You have motivated me Ryan......I always ask myself, "how can I make a difference?" and here you are finding ways to do it every single day. I will follow you and hopefully follow your lead. Keep it going.........hugs to you!

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  5. I saw you on Channel 7 today. It was great to hear about your story. I wish more people were like you. I was taught to help other people by my parents growing up. You are setting a great example not only for your daughter but everyone. I have enjoyed reading all of your acts of kindness to date. They have given me some ideas of what i could do too. Keep up the great job! I will be following your blog.

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  6. What you are doing is probably spreading so far and wide-emanating out like ripples on a pond from each and every act you do. Thank you!! The world is a better place because you are alive.

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