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Free Hugs and Happiness

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Here are some people out to spread the love. In London, England, there’s a group called Action for Happiness that has made it their members’ sole mission to make other people just a little bit happier. They give out free hugs on the streets and perform other random acts of kindness — all in the name of positive social change.

“Despite the fact that we are getting richer, after 60 years we still haven’t managed to produce a happier society,” said Professor Richard Layard, head of the wellbeing programme at the London School of Economics. “We are asking people for an individual commitment to aim to produce more happiness and less misery. “The time is right. There is a worldwide hunger for something better, and we believe we can harness it.”

Read the full story on The Guardian: Action for Happiness movement launches with free hugs and love

Have you heard of other groups doing something similar? Are you someone who loves to give to others? Let me know! I want to highlight people who are brightening up their community… even if it’s just one hug at a time.

Read More:
10 Ways to Increase Acts of Kindness
The 5 Love Languages Quiz
Sara Lamar-Sterling: Giving Back



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Mike

posted April 14, 2011 at 11:41 am


Interesting!



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Mike

posted April 15, 2011 at 10:48 am


Interesting! I hope that everyone has a great weekend and a nice Palm Sunday! That goes for last year and all the othr years that I’ve missed.



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Mike

posted April 15, 2011 at 10:49 am


I meant “other.” I’m sorry about the typo.



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B. PINA

posted April 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm


THAT IS A GREAT IDEA!! PEOPLE THIS DAYS WON’T EVEN SMILE. HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY……AND TRY TO MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY….IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH. A HUG, A KISS, A SMILE, A FLOWER, HELPING WITH A BAG, HOLDING THE DOOR, LISTENING…ETC.



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Jacqueline

posted April 28, 2011 at 10:16 am


I whole hardheartedly agree, with you on this one, as I use to go around hugging people all the time, until I started to feel it was inappropriate for me to do this. I am so happy to realize that hugging is started to come back again. It might have been all in my mind that I could not go around hugging people. But it is nice to know that there are people out there that feel as I do.
God bless you,
Jacqie



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june myers

posted June 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm


I have just begin volunteering with the Robert Adams Benevolence Project, a quiet group that continues the work of this widely known humanitarian teacher. I had no idea the level of involvement he and his close students and family had with local youth and the hungry, winning all these awards but keeping quiet about it as they go about ‘bringing sunshine to all you meet, asking others what you can do to make their lives easier.’ One very hip looking young guy actually drives his very nice car into very dangerous areas having been in dicey situations and laughing it off as he drives into the country to homes catholic charities and local charities crossed off their lists due to overcrowding of requests. On Christmas he drove 500 plus toys to homes of imprisoned parents children or crime victims in poverty whose parents had asked charities to give them anything to give their kids for Christmas. He wrapped everything himself in a guy kind of way and went in each home, even showing the kids how to play the plastic toy guitars and keyboard gifts, many he purchased himself. One amazed ex con dad said, you drove all the way out here for my kids? he said my pleasure. He told me, “Making people happy is the greatest form of spirituality there is. Kindness is the highest wisdom.” That is the happiness that is real spirituality. I will never forget it.



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