Positive Focus Impact

Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped in the water,

the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.

- Dalai Lama

HealHug

How do you measure feeling seen, heard, and knowing that you matter in this world? 

How do you measure discovering a new way of being led by LOVE, kindness, compassion, and peace?

While I don’t know how to quantify the power of a kind word,  helping people feel seen and heard, or offering a hug to heighten celebrations or lessen sorrows,  I do know the impact is powerful. Read below some of the positive ripple effects we are doing.

Since 2008, we have been offering hugs given over 50,000 hugs

on 6 continents, 45 countries, 36 US states, 

and Desmond Tutu joined us twice. 

Missing his hugs

One day, an elderly woman made her way to the hug line. Hunched over with age, she had tears in her eyes and told me her husband passed away two weeks prior and how she missed his hugs.  I held her and we cried together. – Carol

Feeling Seen

A man who had been sober for over a decade was going through a rough patch. He planned that day to go to the bar, and yet he came across our hug line and got hugs from each of us. He ended up going home and his friend emailed me the experience a few days later. – Carol

Right Place, Right Time
I had been hugging at a local farmers market every Saturday. On this particular Saturday, an elderly woman walked up to me and said, “I’m glad you were here today, hoping you would be. I could use a hug.”  I said, well, that’s what I’m doing here,” and we hugged. I asked her what was going on for her, and she said,” Well, I check in to hospice tomorrow. I thought this would be a good place to come. I was hoping you’d be here. The hug was great. Thanks.” She started to walk away. I began to cry. I was glad I had been there too. I’ve never forgotten that moment. – Paul (Portland, Oregon)

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