Stories of Kindness from Around the World

A Congregation of Hugs

--by happytreasures, posted Jan 24, 2009

   In my Sunday School class, the children (aged two to 13 years) and I made "hug" cards. We placed a picture of an "angel hug" on one side of our hug cards. On the other side we wrote, "Hug someone, then give them this card, keep the hug going."

   When I had sent the children back to their parents with their hug cards, I spent about 5 minutes cleaning up. In the time it took me to clean up and then return to the church, the hug cards had gone from the children to the people in the congregation. There were hugs being given everywhere!

   I had not told the children to do this, assuming they would start by just giving their family hugs. But they went straight to the nearest person and started hugging. The moment I walked inside the church, I got hugged. And it went on from there. It was a wonderful exercise in acting with kindness. I had not seen that many smiles in one place for a long time!

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hotcocoa wrote: Great idea!

Thanks for posting!

I'm gonna make some cards and hug people :)
Thanks much!
jaydeebug wrote: Hugs are so healing. You may never know for sure how many people experienced a healing moment by what you started. I went to the chiropractor on tuesday and the lady who does the stim pads asked if i would mind just a regular massage? I told her she had no idea how much i would not mind as human touch is something i never get. Had i been at your church that day, i would have probably cried as it would have touched me deeply. Thank you for your compassion.
lovebug wrote: You are indeed a happy treasure, I myself seem to be a hugger, glad to meet you. I starting to think I was the only one, but now I have found a teacher of this lost art
laughalot wrote: Great Story! We should have some of those cards in the smile store! Great use of karmabucks! Now those are some happy treasures! Thanks for sharing!
makesomeonesmile wrote: That is awesome! Here's a big hug coming your way!
Maumauc wrote: I love the awesome power of the pure innocent love and faith of a child and I love the way you helped them spread it. agape'
JuneBug wrote: You started a chain reaction! How cool is that???? :]

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