Free hugs!

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This Sunday, the Free Hugs Campaign— yes, there is such a thing—is hosting an event at the Astor cube in downtown New York City: the Free Hugs Roam, where volunteers “will give free hugs to anyone who wants one & roam about the city.”

The Free Hugs Campaign got its start in 2004, when a man named Juan Mann stood on Sydney’s Pitt Street with a sign that advertised “Free Hugs.” In 2006, a video of Mann and his sign made its way onto YouTube, and viewers around the globe began to take up the cause.

“In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal,” writes Mann. Personally, it reminds me of those scientific studies that’ve found you can actually brighten your mood through the physical act of smiling… it feels ridiculous, I’m sure, but it probably also feels great.

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