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,


Thank you, Paula, for moving the Million Hug Meter by adding 150 hugs at an expo in LA. She literally rocked it, as there was an earthquake during the event.



Hug-O-Meter: 67,776

2024 – Feb. 10: Tony and I braved the cold for our monthly hug adventure. Despite the chilly weather, we spread kindness and hugs for 45 minutes and collected 10 hugs for our million hug movement! Join us in wrapping the world in LOVE—one hug at a time. Ready to join the cuddle crew? Let’s make magic happen together!

Hug-O-Meter to 67,626. We have a long way to go, and we will hug on.


Thank you, Paula, Sunny Dawn, Kris, and friends, for adding 777 hugs to our Million Hug Movement, bringing the Hug-O-Meter to 67,616 hugs.

Let’s continue to spread love, kindness, and connection across the globe, embracing the power of each individual hug. Scan the QR code to discover how you can join the movement and become a part of our global hugger community. Let’s make the world a kinder, LOVING, and connected one embrace at a time.




2024 – Jan. 5: Thanks to Marty, Wendy, Charles, and the team, Las Vegas was LOVED up on Friday, and they added 850 hugs to our Million Hugs movement. 

December 2: While volunteering at Children’s Place Association’s ‘Adopt A Family’ event, I couldn’t help but share the love with 14 hugs! 🤗💕 Whether one or a hundred, each hug matters.

DECEMBER 1: Charles, Marty and the team added 2,000 hugs to our movement in just two hours on the first Friday night in Vegas.


When I embarked on the journey of the million hug count, I knew I couldn’t go at it alone—and I didn’t want to! 🤝 It’s a worldwide movement, and I’m immensely grateful for incredible individuals like Marty, Charles, and the team. They’re tirelessly spreading kindness through hugs, both in Vegas and on their travels.


With their dedication and the support of others, I can see us hitting the magical 1 million mark of hugs! 🎉 Why a million? Because I’ve personally witnessed and felt the profound impact of a simple hug. I’ve seen the smiles, heard the laughter, and felt the tears of joy. 🤗 imagine the ripple effect if a million people share that heartwarming feeling and pass it on to their friends and family!


One day, my dream is to meet these global huggers, share a hug, and personally thank them for being part of this worldwide movement of LOVE and kindness. 💖

DECEMBER 1: Paula added 22 more hugs at a private event. Her favorite hug came at the end of the night when she hugged the valet, and the valet teared up.


NOVEMBER 24: A dream 🌈 came true! On November 24, I offered FREE HUGS in ANTARCTICA! 🐧 Ever since I launched Global Hugs in 2008, my goal was to find a hugger in Antarctica to join our kindness event. 🫂 Despite the challenges (May being their winter and only a handful of people around), I persisted. And guess what? I got the chance to go myself and share hugs! The trip lasted three weeks, so some hugs happened on the ship.

I’m still floating on cloud nine ☁️ from the trip, especially the incredible experience of sharing hugs in the frozen beauty of Antarctica. This adventure marked a momentous milestone, bringing hugs to ALL seven continents and contributing to our ever-growing million-hug count! 🌎


But the journey doesn’t end here. I’m committed to continuing my mission, offering hugs locally and wherever my travels take me. 🫂 Let’s remind people they matter in this beautiful and messy world!

OCTOBER 28: Tony and yours truly spreading LOVE and kindness today. 💑❤️ We gave out 16 hugs! 🤗🤗 Many more smiles were exchanged along the way. 😊😊

My mission isn’t just about giving hugs; it’s about sharing LOVE. 🌟 As I greet people and wish them a wonderful day, I’m also sending them LOVE from the heart. 💞 Locking eyes for a fleeting moment and sharing a smile can be incredibly impactful. 😄💖

Sending an abundance of LOVE and warm hugs to all who need it. 🤗💕


📈 🫂Our Hug-O-Meter is🫂 📈 on the rise, now counting 63,875 hugs, all thanks to Paula’s generous 169 hugs given on a lovely Saturday at Ojai Days!🫂 🌟


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

When two huggers come together, ✨magic✨ happens! 🤗🤗


Huge thanks to Marty and Charles for spreading warmth and adding a whopping 675 hugs to our MILLION HUG MOVEMENT! 🙌 


They shared the LOVE on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, elevating our Hug-O-Meter count to 63,706 hugs and counting! 🎉💕🤗 

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 😀.

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: 🎉 Marty just added 300 more hugs into our 1 Million Hugs movement at the Life Is Beautiful music festival in Las Vegas! 🤗🎶

From Marty: 🦸‍♂️ 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! 🚀💃


Our hug-o-meter now stands at a whopping 62,991! 🤩 Let’s keep spreading the love! ❤️ #LifeIsBeautiful #HugsMovement 

Sept. 9: I’m not quite sure if it was the beautiful weather 🌞, the joyful bubbles 🎈, or simply Tony and me being irresistibly huggable 🫂, but the atmosphere was festive as we exchanged 41 hugs 🫂🫂, bringing our hug-o-meter to 62,691 embraces 📈🫂! We also shared air hugs, thank yous, and smiles 😄.

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 🪄❤️.  

🫂🌏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 🎈 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. 🙌🤟

Marty & Wendy just added 20 more hugs 🤗🤗 for our  #MillionHugsMovement at the Vancouver Bike Rave! 🚴‍♀️🎉

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

🌆 Follow Marty’s heartwarming journey full of hugs and smiles at Hugs Are Nice page on Facebook and Instagram. 🤗💕


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! 🌈🎉

Marty and his team embraced 970 kind souls during Vancouver’s Pride Parade, sharing LOVE and acceptance. ️‍🌈✨

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

July 2023: Big shoutout to Paula for spreading LOVE and kindness! 💖🤗 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! 🌈✨
With Paula’s support, we’ve now shared a whopping 61,610 hugs, touching lives and making the world a more compassionate place.
🌍 Let’s continue to make people feel seen, heard, and cherished in this beautiful and messy world. 🙌❤️



🎉 Marty added 5,250 hugs to our #MillionHugMission in Vancouver during the Honda Celebration of Light event! 🌟 This incredible contribution brings our total to a whopping 61,485 hugs worldwide! 🌎🤗 Let’s keep spreading love and warmth one hug at a time! 💕 #hugs #freehugs #SpreadLove #globalhugs Hugs are nice

🌍🤗🎉Loretta joined the #GlobalHugTeam in 2009! 🤗💕 From Key West to New Orleans, Croatia (with me 😄), 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! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🤗💖 #HugLife #SpreadLove #HugAroundTheWorld


From Loretta – 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.

🎉 Paula just 📈 added another 40 hugs 🤗 to our #MillionHugsMovement during a BBW (big beautiful women) Las Vegas empowerment event! 💪💕 Together, we’re spreading love and positivity! Join us! #HugsForAll #EmpowermentEvent #LoveLasVegas 💖🌟

📢🤗 Paula and Charles just added 💯 more hugs toward our #MillionHugsMission! On Friday, they rocked Freemont Street in Las Vegas with hugs and big hearts. 😍💪
Why #FreeHugs, you ask? Because it’s all about spreading ❤️LOVE❤️ and kindness, one hug at a time! 😊💕
Current hug total 56,069

Marty, Gabriel, and their incredible squad 🤗💕 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! 🙌🌟 Join the hugvolution and let’s spread the love! #HugSquadGoals #KhatsahlanoStreetParty #UnlimitedHugs #LoveAndKindness #MissionAccomplished 


CLICK HERE to see more hug of their hug pictures. 

June 16, 2023 : Father’s Day Hugs

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

 Our huggers have now shared a total of 53,469 hugs! Let’s keep the love flowing!



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

June 10, 2023 – Pride Hugs
🌈🤗 Cindy continues to spread LOVE and kindness in this beautiful and messy world on hug at a time. 😍🌍


📈🤗 Cindy’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 of 53,434 hugs! Let’s keep the love flowing! 💪❤️


CLICK HERE 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 wasn’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


🌍🤗 Tennessee Graduation – Thank YOU, Paula, for joining us during #GlobalHugsWeekend and adding 60 more hugs to the 1 million hug count! 🎉👏 And congrats to the graduates!! 🎓🎉 #SpreadLove #GlobalHugs  #LoveInAction

June 2023 – Global Hugs Weekend


🤗🇭🇺 Thank you, Mészáros László Rodrigó, for spreading free hugs in Miskolc, Hungary! Over the weekend, you and your amazing huggers received 500 hugs. Keep spreading the love! 💙✨ #GlobalHugs2023 #GlobalHugs #FreeHugs #LoveInAction

June 2023 – Global Hugs Weekend

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

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. Free hug signs that travel. 🙂
Everyone should have a Loretta in their life; I know I am forever grateful for her!

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