Embracing Change: One Million Hugs To LOVE Up The World

Since 2008, I’ve been offering free hugs and witnessing their profound impact on both myself and others. This led me to establish a global hug weekend with the goal of spreading a million hugs worldwide. Why? Just imagine a world where people feel seen, heard, and connected. Offering a hug is a simple yet powerful way to create a positive change in someone’s life, including your own.

Below, you’ll find inspiring stories of our 2023 journey towards one million hugs. Whether it’s a single meaningful embrace or a gathering of 60 hugs at an event, absorb these stories and feel embraced as you read them.

Sending you big ((HUGS)) and lots of LOVE,

Tony and yours truly spreading LOVE and kindness today. ๐Ÿ’‘โค๏ธ We gave out 16 hugs! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค— Many more smiles were exchanged along the way. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

My mission isn’t just about giving hugs; it’s about sharing LOVE. ๐ŸŒŸ As I greet people and wish them a wonderful day, I’m also sending them LOVE from the heart. ๐Ÿ’ž Locking eyes for a fleeting moment and sharing a smile can be incredibly impactful. ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’–

Sending an abundance of LOVE and warm hugs to all who need it. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•

๐Ÿ“ˆ ๐Ÿซ‚Our Hug-O-Meter is๐Ÿซ‚ ๐Ÿ“ˆ: 63,891 


๐Ÿ“ˆย ๐Ÿซ‚Our Hug-O-Meter is๐Ÿซ‚ย ๐Ÿ“ˆย on the rise, now counting 63,875 hugs, all thanks to Paula’s generous 169 hugs given on a lovely Saturday at Ojai Days!๐Ÿซ‚ย ๐ŸŒŸ


Paula was sharing LOVE and peace with the Center of Spiritual Living – Ojai.

When two huggers come together, โœจmagicโœจ happens! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—


Huge thanks toย Martyย andย Charlesย for spreading warmth and adding a whopping 675 hugs to our MILLION HUG MOVEMENT! ๐Ÿ™Œย 


They shared the LOVE on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, elevating our Hug-O-Meter count to 63,706 hugs and counting! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค—ย 

Thank you Cindy for continuing to spread LOVE and kindness with our Million Hugs MovementCindy shared 40 hugs in Kelowna, BC during Canada’s Thanksgiving day. From Cindy – The sun was shining and a beautiful soul was singing classic songs. It was one of my favourite moments so far in my hugging journey ๐Ÿ˜€.

From me – I am so grateful to have Cindy as part of the Global Hug Team. One of my favorite hug memories was hugging with her in Niagara Falls in 2019.

HUG-O-METER: 63,031

Sept. 22 – 24: ๐ŸŽ‰ Marty just added 300 more hugs into our 1 Million Hugs movement at theย Life Is Beautifulย music festival in Las Vegas! ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŽถ

From Marty: ๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™‚๏ธ This fantastic guy won this cape costume at a Meow Wolf bingo game, right in the heart of the Life Is Beautiful festival in downtown Las Vegas. Then, he grooved over to a stage and received a warm hug from an astronaut. Life… is… absolutely beautiful! ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ’ƒ


Our hug-o-meter now stands at a whopping 62,991! ๐Ÿคฉ Let’s keep spreading the love! โค๏ธ #LifeIsBeautiful #HugsMovementย 

Sept. 9: I’m not quite sure if it was the beautiful weather ๐ŸŒž, the joyful bubbles ๐ŸŽˆ, or simply Tony and me being irresistibly huggable ๐Ÿซ‚, but the atmosphere was festive as we exchanged 41 hugs ๐Ÿซ‚๐Ÿซ‚, bringing our hug-o-meter to 62,691 embraces ๐Ÿ“ˆ๐Ÿซ‚! We also shared air hugs, thank yous, and smiles ๐Ÿ˜„.

A man was blowing bubbles in the park, bringing the crowd more smiles and happiness. I’m sure bubbles heighten celebrations and lessen sorrows – pure magic ๐Ÿช„โค๏ธ.ย ย 

๐Ÿซ‚๐ŸŒHugs will travel. Marty and the team added 50 more hugs to our Million Hugs Movement as he traveled to the Sunshine Coast! First, the giant balloon ๐ŸŽˆ went on its first-ever ferry ride with hugs from the ticket booth guy, some passengers, and the security guy. Next was joining forces with @westcoasthugs to construct an incredible hug zone so powerful people fell out of the sky for hugs!


Our Hug-O-Meter stands at 62,500 embraces. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸคŸ

Marty & Wendy just added 20 more hugs ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค— for ourย  #MillionHugsMovement at the Vancouver Bike Rave! ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰

I can’t believe I’ve never been to Vancouver, but now it’s definitely on my #CreatingMemories list!

๐ŸŒ† Follow Marty’s heartwarming journey full of hugs and smiles at Hugs Are Nice page onย Facebookย andย Instagram. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•


Our Hug-O-Meter stands at 62,600 embraces.

August 6, 2023 – Marty Beckers and friends continue to spread LOVE and kindness with hundreds of hugs in our #MillionHugsMovement!ย ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŽ‰

Marty and his team embraced 970 kind souls during Vancouver’s Pride Parade, sharing LOVE and acceptance. ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆโœจ

Our hug-o-meter stands at an incredible 62,580 embraces. ๐ŸŽˆ

July 2023: Big shoutout to Paula for spreading LOVE and kindness! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค— Her incredible contribution of 125 hugs at a peace fundraising event for The Center of Spiritual Living in Ojai, CA, has pushed us closer to our 1 Million Hug movement! ๐ŸŒˆโœจ
With Paula’s support, we’ve now shared a whopping 61,610 hugs, touching lives and making the world a more compassionate place.
๐ŸŒ Let’s continue to make people feel seen, heard, and cherished in this beautiful and messy world. ๐Ÿ™Œโค๏ธ



๐ŸŽ‰ Marty added 5,250 hugs to our #MillionHugMission in Vancouver during the Honda Celebration of Light event! ๐ŸŒŸ This incredible contribution brings our total to a whopping 61,485 hugs worldwide! ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿค— Let’s keep spreading love and warmth one hug at a time! ๐Ÿ’• #hugs #freehugs #SpreadLove #globalhugs Hugs are nice

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŽ‰Loretta joined the #GlobalHugTeam in 2009! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’• From Key West to New Orleans, Croatia (with me ๐Ÿ˜„), and El Salvador, she’s been spreading LOVE through hugs! And now, in beautiful Edinburgh, Scotland, Loretta has added a whopping 126 hugs to our count! ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’– #HugLife #SpreadLove #HugAroundTheWorld


From Loretta –ย I hugged people from all over the world, old people, children, and of course even pups! I met a nice young photographer from India who help me capture a couple snapshots. I also met and hugged a lovely woman from Ukraine and we’ve already become friends! Until you have stood there, vulnerable, and hugged strangers, it is hard to describe how powerful an experience it is. Once you start, it’s hard to stop, but after about an hour the energy exchange is so great that it’s time to take a break. A magical hugging experience to be sure.

Add another 126 hugs to your march to One Million Hugs, Carol. I know we will get there.

๐ŸŽ‰ Paula just ๐Ÿ“ˆ added another 40 hugs ๐Ÿค— to our #MillionHugsMovement during a BBW (big beautiful women) Las Vegas empowerment event! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’• Together, we’re spreading love and positivity! Join us! #HugsForAll #EmpowermentEvent #LoveLasVegas ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒŸ

๐Ÿ“ข๐Ÿค— Paula and Charles just added ๐Ÿ’ฏ more hugs toward our #MillionHugsMission! On Friday, they rocked Freemont Street in Las Vegas with hugs and big hearts. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ช
Why #FreeHugs, you ask? Because it’s all about spreading โค๏ธLOVEโค๏ธ and kindness, one hug at a time! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•
Current hug total 56,069

Marty, Gabriel, and their incredible squad ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’• gave and received a whopping 2,500 hugs at the Khatsahlano Street Party! They rocked it with their unlimited LOVE and kindness, taking our 1 million hug mission to new heights! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸŒŸ Join theย hugvolution and let’s spread the love! #HugSquadGoals #KhatsahlanoStreetParty #UnlimitedHugs #LoveAndKindness #MissionAccomplishedย 


CLICK HEREย to see more hug of their hug pictures.ย 

Juneย 16, 2023 : Father’s Day Hugs

Thanks to Cindy, 25 people received hugs at the June 16th car show in Kelowna, BC.

ย Our huggers have now shared a total ofย 53,469ย hugs! Letโ€™s keep the love flowing!



CLICK HEREย and you too can become a Global Hug Ambassador.

June 10, 2023 – Pride Hugs
๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿค— Cindy continues to spread LOVE and kindness in this beautiful and messy world on hug at a time. ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒ


๐Ÿ“ˆ๐Ÿค— Cindyโ€™s incredible efforts have added 40 more warm hugs to our grand mission of reaching 1 million hugs worldwide as she offered Pride hugs in Kelowna, BC!


Our huggers have now shared a total ofย 53,434ย hugs! Letโ€™s keep the love flowing! ๐Ÿ’ชโค๏ธ


CLICK HEREย and you too can become a Global Hug Ambassador.

June 3, 2023

Thanks to Cindy, 81 more hugs have been added to our one million hug mission. It brings our total to 53,404.


Her experience: Kelowna was hesitant to hug at first, but many people walked/rode by a few times and they began to open up. One server from a nearby restaurant was watching and ran down on her break for 2 hugs. I hugged adults, kids, and dogs today, and we could feel the vibration raise. Many people thanked me, and some said they would be back next month for another hug. I really missed hugging and I could tell I wasnโ€™t the only one.

May 18 – You Can Do it Conference

Paula gave and received 60 hugs at the You Can Do it Converence in Tampa, FL.

May 2023 – Global Hugs Weekend


๐ŸŒ๐Ÿค—ย Tennessee Graduation – Thank YOU, Paula, for joining us during #GlobalHugsWeekend and adding 60 more hugs to the 1 million hug count! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘ And congrats to the graduates!! ๐ŸŽ“๐ŸŽ‰ #SpreadLove #GlobalHugsย  #LoveInAction

June 2023 – Global Hugs Weekend


๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ Thank you, Mรฉszรกros Lรกszlรณ Rodrigรณ, for spreading free hugs in Miskolc, Hungary! Over the weekend, you and your amazing huggers received 500 hugs. Keep spreading the love! ๐Ÿ’™โœจ #GlobalHugs2023 #GlobalHugs #FreeHugs #LoveInAction

June 2023 – Global Hugs Weekend

Gail added 11 more hugs, hugging the residents at a North Carolina senior center.ย 

June 2023 – Global Hugs Weekend

Giuliana gave and received 60 hugs in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

July 2023 – Global Hugs Weekend

Loretta has joined me for Global Hugs in Key West, New Orleans, and now Ataco, El Salvador!
She was with me for my first Embrace Your Life Tour, and we hugged in several locations in Croatia.ย Free hug signs that travel. ๐Ÿ™‚
Everyone should have a Loretta in their life; I know I am forever grateful for her!

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