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I Believe In the Power of a Hug and a Smile

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    They are the best I don't care much about hugs

    as a greeting from most people, but a compassionate hug is the best. It's a moment to feel loved, safe and peace, no matter what problems or stress you are struggling with. And a smile brightens up everyone's day, doesn't it? Why not share such a simple and free thing as much...
    Uncertain153 Uncertain153 26-30, M May 2

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    My Daily Walk

    When visiting my husband, our two dogs need to be walked. The first day I was there I introduced myself to an older woman working in her little patch of garden. She had been a war bride during WWII. She was originally from Lithuania and now was a widow. Each time I walked by her...
    SweetMae SweetMae 56-60, F 1 Response Nov 30, 2013

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    Yes. And a genuine, serious hug.

    . That's full of LOVE.
    Rosieeeee Rosieeeee 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 11

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    Smile And The World Smiles With You! :-)

    This isn't my own creation, if anyone knows the author, please let me know! :-) Smiling is infectious you can catch it like the flu when someone smiled at me I started smiling too when I passed the corner someone saw my grin when he smiled I realized I passed it onto him I...
    RickiChickie RickiChickie 46-50, F 10 Responses Jul 27, 2011

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    Anastasia34 Anastasia34 31-35, F 3 Responses May 1

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    Hugs Are Free, Saudis Are Not

    Please take a moment to watch this wonderful video (sorry, I did not know how to embed it in the story): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oixr60vEinQ It is about two men, Bandr al-Swed and Al-Khayyal, who walked the streets of Riyadh with a placard offering a "Free Hug". And I...
    bethturner bethturner 26-30, F 4 Responses Nov 23, 2013

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    I love being positive .

    im the kind of person who always has a smile on there face :) a hug can mean a lot when someone is feeling down . I hug people around me like everyday, so they know I care about them .
    annabellmugan123 annabellmugan123 16-17, F 1 Response May 24

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    I have always given a smile to people I don't

    know. Sometimes a smile can brighten up their day. So, I believe it is important to smile to everybody that looks like they need a smile. I absolutely love getting and giving hugs but sometimes it can get a little awkward for the person that hugs me since I am so tall but I...
    Culinaryman23 Culinaryman23 22-25, M 2 Responses Apr 22

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    It's the little gesture

    that changes a moment for the better. A smile can change/save a life - It's the least you can do! :D
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 22

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    That hug I just got means more to me then he'll

    ever know... Nice to know after all I put him trough he still cares a little
    DeterminedToMakeLifeWorthIt DeterminedToMakeLifeWorthIt 16-17, F Jun 2

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    Sometimes all I want is a hug.

    A warm, tight hug and for someone to tell me everything will be okay.
    tryingtobeashappyasiappear tryingtobeashappyasiappear 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 27

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    There's nothing better

    than a complete stranger telling you" your smile just made my day, just a simple gesture overlooked now in days have the power of helping others. It's like with hugs, best thing in life is getting a hug from a lived one when you are down. That's including my daughter who gives...
    newlifejuliana newlifejuliana 31-35, F 5 Responses Mar 17

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    marklovescoffee marklovescoffee 46-50, M 1 Response Jun 16

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    I Am A Believer

    Often we underestimate the power of a hug and a smile has on us. Without ever realizing it. The power of a hug, a touch, a smile, a kind word, someone that listens and hears what you are saying are all things we crave as human beings. I try to hug as often as possible, kiss...
    winterlace winterlace 46-50 11 Responses Mar 24, 2011

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    Everybody is beautiful

    when they smile :)
    MelodyInMyHead MelodyInMyHead 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 2

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    my dad is so busy and frustrated with his job.

    SO I do my best to cheer him up and hugs him everytime I see that he is very stressed and try to make him happier. I often works. He put me on his lap and then we cuddle and kiss each other. There is no better way to show someone that you care and love them then to hug the...
    Jennyred Jennyred 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 10

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    Nothing makes you feel better

    than a sincere hug when you need one. And nothing is better than a smiling face when you are feeling a bit down. Keep hugging and keep smiling. There can never be enough love in the world.
    TKD1 TKD1 46-50, F 4 Responses Feb 6

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    Just Try Not To Cry, I Dare You ...

     This is just something that was shared with me by a friend of mine from back home.  It's a song we both love by Katy Perry, but sung by a bunch of kids with bigger struggles than either of us.  I don't know about you, but I needed a few tissues to get through it.  That's...
    SaraBee1995 SaraBee1995 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 21, 2013

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    I think it is sad when someone posts like a

    certain Believe girl in her late 20s that she is looking for a friend and I respond with a sincere interest in helping and I get blocked. I am a fellow believer and I feel so sorry for you. It's like the old story about the person who drowned and went to heaven and asked God...
    youngricky youngricky 61-65, M Apr 13

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    Adds For a Great Day !!!

      Hugs and a smile are so awesome that it makes me radiate with joy. Just shows how much people care...
    cjpsf5 cjpsf5 41-45, M 39 Responses Jun 14, 2009

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    I definitely believe in giving others a nice

    smile, hug, and words of encouragement. If I feel close to that person, male or female, I will kiss them too and let them kiss me back. This would include my immediate family members, relatives, friends, and strangers.
    birthdaypartyforme birthdaypartyforme 41-45, F 7 Responses Mar 28

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    shortgirl4 shortgirl4 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 31

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    Or Just a Smile

    Have you ever stopped to consider how strange it is just to see someone smile at you? I met a girl at a party awhile ago, we were introduced, we had a few drinks, we didn't talk much. We were...what's the word...acquaintances. I saw her in the lunchroom the other day, and when...
    Harpertrap Harpertrap 18-21, F 4 Responses May 6, 2008

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    I love smiling, hugging,

    and kissing others in private or in public. I am a very warm and loving female, wife and mom.
    maryannesinclair maryannesinclair 41-45, F 4 Responses May 11

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    Long, Long Walk

    As I write this, my feet are still sore and I have a big blister on the ball of my left foot - despite my comfortable walking shoes.Yesterday afternoon, I got a phone call from someone that I'd recently sent a note to asking to get together and maybe be a walking buddy to me...
    LoneBlogger LoneBlogger 51-55, M 2 Responses Oct 17, 2012

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    Just that little smile to make your day brighter

    even from a stranger can lift your spirits high, and boy do I need a huge hug that kind of bear hug mixed with a smile. the best things in life are free
    summerspirit summerspirit 46-50, F 1 Response Jul 8

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    It's not really the hugs

    or smiles that have the power... After all...a person can hug you and give you a smile and not care about you at all. Or they may even try to pretend to be good to you and go about proving how little they actually care about you...and how much they only care about themselves...
    Sarahbellas Sarahbellas 26-30, F 5 Responses Jun 30

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    One time I saw a friend in school

    who I didn't know very well, I smiled and hugged her and asked what was wrong. Apparently there was ALOT of things wrong. We talked for hours, and became best friends. She always tells me how thankful she is that I came up to her that day and she was able to open up. It means a...
    helloimdeupi helloimdeupi 16-17, M Jun 9

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    Hugs are my favorite .

    . hugs just make me feel better specially from those special ones!!
    belseg belseg 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 9

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    AriannaMariee AriannaMariee 16-17, F 9 Responses Jun 5

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    I really do believe in the power of a hug

    and a smile. Like when you're sad are just down, a simple hug or smile can just make your day, especially that one person who's hugs are just everything, just makes your whole day a lot better, sounds a bit cheesy but it's my type of cheese :D
    SarahBBZ SarahBBZ 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 8

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    Both a hug and a smile can prevent someone from

    killing or harming themselves.
    Coolgirl16 Coolgirl16 16-17, F Mar 5

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    Big hug to all the children

    that suffers sadness because of having a broken family..... May they never stop believing in Love and faithfulness .... ❤️
    Kongfernando Kongfernando 36-40, F 2 Responses May 6

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    I think everyone needs a hug.

    And I HATE being TOUCHED.
    Jungle46 Jungle46 46-50, F 2 Responses Mar 2

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    I love giving hugs, kisses,

    and a nice smile to my family, friends, and strangers. There is so much power in these things. If you think not then just do it and you will see how much power you have in doing these things with others.
    barbaratownsend barbaratownsend 31-35, F 4 Responses Mar 24

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    Can Make Not Only Us But Everyone Else Happy Too! :)

    With smiling you send positive vibration to the other person. I often feel wonderful all day when I smile at someone and that person smiles back. Even if the other person don't smile back I still feel great because I smiled at someone who maybe didn't felt enough in good mood to...
    zoejanee zoejanee 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 21, 2011

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    philobee philobee 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 15

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    Big hug to everyone .

    .. Especially who are lonely and neglected .... Peace!!
    Kongfernando Kongfernando 36-40, F 3 Responses May 2

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    I absolutely believe in the power of a hug

    and a smile with others. I see nothing wrong with a nice smile and a hug with family and friends. When smiling and hugging others you are really telling that person that you care about them very much.
    mominpool mominpool 41-45, F 2 Responses Jun 10

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    Try a Smile

    Isn't it true?  Smile at someone, and they'll smile back - even if they don't know you or they weren't expecting a flash of your teeth.  Smiling makes you feel better.  And other folk feel good for receiving a smile - try it! Same with hugs - but you might like...
    TrueLife TrueLife 46-50, M 2 Responses Apr 23, 2007

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    The touch of someone compassionate,

    loving, and understanding can be extremely powerful. It can make you feel safe and loved. Hugs are some of the best ways we can demonstrate love to our friends and family.
    txaggie00 txaggie00 31-35, M 1 Response Apr 15

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    parth2233 parth2233 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 9

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    pappa94 pappa94 18-21, M Apr 15

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    A Smile Costs Nothing

    Its true you know, a smile costs nothing for the giver or the recipient - and yet can brighten someone's day, is infections and contagious and brings joy to those you see...... that is of course that the smile is geniune - not to be mistake with a grimace or manic smiling - go on...
    lostlittlefirefly lostlittlefirefly 36-40, F 4 Responses Oct 7, 2011

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    I need more than a hug I need a female friend to hold me. To tell me its ok to cry to let it out. To comfort me while i cry. To tell me its not my fault.
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    I always smile at strangers, whoever they are. I always wonder if that makes anyone's day, or if they think better of me for it. but I can't help but feel bad if they don't smile...
    galaxyclockwork galaxyclockwork 13-15, F 1 Response 7 hrs ago

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    After I posted my earlier post, I was reminded of this story that was sent to me some time ago. While waiting to pick up a friend at the airport in Portland, Oregon, I had one of...
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    I'm always wearing a smile and occasionally give hugs. It's the simplest and kindest gesture of love. It's powerful enough to turn a bad day and turn it into a good one ! It helps...
    AquariusLife AquariusLife 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 29

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    I can't visually see them, but I can definitely feel them. I've had two encounters with supernatural powers. First when I was a young lad, about 10-12 years old. I can't remember...
    Truromantic Truromantic 26-30, M 5 Responses Jul 2

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