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#40DaysofLove: Day 16

#40DaysofLove Day 16

On The Wings of Gratitude and 40 Days of Thankfulness

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So my #40DaysofLove journey continues, with Day 16.

Day 16: Today hug your #love person every time you see them. A hug can go a long way and can break down walls to let love in. #40DaysofLove

I had different thoughts about this one today.

I thought about my #love person today, my boyfriend. And I thought about that great catchy viral “Free Hugs” campaign.

First, my boyfriend was having a tough moment today and so I said to him:
“Do you need a hug?”

His answer was simply to open his arms. And I gave him a great big, gentle and supportive hug, with a nice little squeeze thrown in! Ahhhhh….felt good for me too. It does feel good to be on either side of a hug, doesn’t it?

Somehow, a hug is always right. It feels good when you are happy.
And it feels good when you are down.

Getting and giving hugs in both conditions sure does a body (and soul) a lot of good!

That reminded me of the “Free Hugs” campaign story.

Have you heard about it?

It all started with one man, who calls himself Juan Mann online, who was feeling lonely and dejected and all alone upon returning to Australia, his native country.

A bit about the Free Hugs Campaign story:

The Free Hugs Campaign is a social movement involving individuals who offer hugs to strangers in public places.[1] The hugs are meant to be random acts of kindness – selfless acts performed just to make others feel better. International Free Hugs Month is celebrated on the first Saturday of July and continues until August first.

The campaign in its present form was started in 2004 by an Australian man known only by the pseudonym “Juan Mann”.[2] The campaign became famous internationally in 2006 as the result of a music video on YouTube by the Australian band Sick Puppies, which has been viewed over 73 million times.

The Free Hugs campaign in its present form was started by Juan Mann on December 1, 2004 when he began giving out hugs in the Pitt Street Mall in central Sydney. In the months prior to this, Mann had been feeling depressed and lonely as a result of numerous personal difficulties. However, a random hug from a stranger made an enormous difference, with Mann stating that “…I went out to a party one night and a completely random person came up to me and gave me a hug. I felt like a king! It was greatest thing that ever happened.”[2]


Soon, the “Free Hugs” Campaign went viral on YouTube and all over the world in many cities, with lots of spontaneous people making “Free Hugs” signs and hugging strangers.

Read more about the wonderful “Free Hugs” Campaign here:

Official Home of the Free Hugs Campaign
Inspired by Juan Mann

I think the world can always use more hugs.

Let’s all go out and hug our loved ones and whoever cross our paths today.

Hug our planet and earth too. I love hugging trees!

Mother Nature deserves a hug too!

Happy hugging,
Anima Blue 😀


Video Montage: The Flow
Following the flow of the universe, with a photo montage I created. The song is "Twisted Hair" by Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble, featuring the sublime operatic voice of Sioux singer Bonnie Jo Hunt, who sings over the sound of crickets.
Also posted on youtube:

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