I Believe In the Power of a Hug and a Smile

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    I heard yesterday that you make a 1st

    impression on someone within the 0.33 of a second. One way to make a good impression is to smile. I realize we all have our fair share of problems but no matter what, I try to smile. First of all, I'm a positive person but more importantly, there's always someone you'll...
    SirLaughalots SirLaughalots
    41-45, M
    3 Responses Aug 29, 2014

    I believe in the hugging others

    and smiling at them. Smiling at others can possibly change a person's day and outlook. When walking along on the sidewalks or in a mall, I love smiling at others and making their day a better one.
    Maryanne1969 Maryanne1969
    46-50, F
    Oct 30, 2015
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    3 Responses Sep 22, 2015

    There's a tavern I go to in

    which I give gratuity to the female servers on Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine's Day (and their individual birthdays) with appropriately themed chocolates. They LOVE me for doing this for them. This afternoon, I went to this tavern. The barmaid greeted me with her cheerful...
    PhillyAutismGuy PhillyAutismGuy
    31-35, M
    Feb 13, 2016
    AriannaMariee AriannaMariee
    18-21, F
    7 Responses Jun 5, 2014

    I Reaaaaaaaaalllly need a hug right

    now .... Im just in need of feeling somebody else's warm body , nd just hug it out alll day long ... a hug , a smile, and why not a kiss , thats all i want right now.. nothing more than a kiss and nothing less than a hug !!! Is that too much to ask for ??
    18-21, M
    Sep 30, 2015

    I am very polite and

    whenever I walk in the places I smile to people, but I also do compliments to people that I do not know, I do it as I walk ..... People look at me and they start laughing and start looking at the part I praised ..... a simple smile and compliment can change the day of someone...
    000Thallensjaan 000Thallensjaan
    18-21, M
    Dec 29, 2015

    People say I am needy,

    how do I change that? I thought a hug and a smile is all I ever asked for.To be honest,I realized recently that I am actually needy like they say.It has gotten me to a point of crying because no one gives me what I desire.Yes that's how needy I am.I need help.
    LeAn1993 LeAn1993
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Jul 6, 2015

    I absolutely believe

    and experienced it many times...
    guy2connect guy2connect
    31-35, M
    1 Response Dec 15, 2015

    I was at a bar I normally hang out at,

    and one of the servers was sitting at the bar. Despite wearing a cardigan, she was shivering and complaining as to how cold she was. Feeling sorry for her, I wrapped my arms around her (hug like) and started transferring my warmth onto her. "This feels good," she immediately...
    PhillyAutismGuy PhillyAutismGuy
    31-35, M
    1 Response Jan 22, 2016

    I love greeting strangers with a smile

    rather I get one in return or not. I'm not overly bubbly but I do believe in the power of a smile. I'm also a hugger!!!! I give big ole hugs to my family and friends it makes them feel good and me too!
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    1 Response Sep 29, 2015

    Especially when you're getting

    that hug and a smile from a friend and/or significant other when you're having a bad day. That will ALWAYS make things better, at least that's what I say! :)
    MiamiMexirican MiamiMexirican
    41-45, M
    Feb 10, 2016

    Is it really that hard to look up from your

    technology and say hi to someone back with a smile. Is it even just that hard to say hi to someone in general. Something as simple as a smile and saying hi can brighten someone's day. You never know so try it.
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Nov 3, 2014

    Try this experiment today -

    when passing a stranger at the grocery store, etc., smile at them. It doesn't have to be a big, toothy grin - go for a warm, relaxed smile. Nine times out of ten the person will return the smile. Smiles are contagious.
    LynnIsHere LynnIsHere
    51-55, F
    2 Responses Nov 5, 2015

    A hug with smile is a positive exchange of

    energy between two or more people. Healing is sometimes about simply having someone hold you in their arms and feeling their love, caring and compassion. To many souls reality is a lonely, painful experience with nowhere to turn. A smiley hug is a way to share both good and bad...
    nivanvc nivanvc
    41-45, M
    1 Response Feb 17, 2016

    I like it when you smile,

    but I love it when I'm the reason
    loyalgirl78 loyalgirl78
    36-40, F
    1 Response Jun 15, 2015
    LittleMidnight LittleMidnight
    3 Responses Dec 30, 2015

    Happy National Hug Day!

    Reach out and give someone a great big hug!
    LittleMilwee LittleMilwee
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jan 21, 2016

    Seriously a nice hug from someone you trust,

    with a great big smile just for you, can solve most problems & help you refocus .... It's really nice to be hugged by someone who just knows you need one....
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jun 23, 2015
    BeautifulBrownBabyDoll BeautifulBrownBabyDoll
    36-40, F
    3 Responses May 1, 2014
    OddButResilient OddButResilient
    46-50, M
    Feb 10, 2016

    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
    51-55, F
    2 Responses Feb 6, 2014

    I'm my own worst enemy,

    and I have no idea how to change that. I depend on other peoples approval even though I've learned time and time again, that you can't please everyone. Too dumb too smart too fat too skinny too blonde too girly too gross to clean too impulsive too safe too irresponsible too...
    Megan2134 Megan2134
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Feb 6, 2015

    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...
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    1 Response Nov 30, 2013

    I remember the moment I walked in

    and saw you. I don't recall anyone as beautiful in my life. I was even more shocked as your eyes met mine and we locked. As my brother introduced you to me, it was as if neither of us could speak. We just smiled and then you hugged me. I know I tensed up without meaning to. It...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Dec 7, 2015

    Yes. And a genuine, serious hug.

    . That's full of LOVE.
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    1 Response Mar 11, 2014

    I don't have that smiling face like others

    for a stranger but I always smile back when someone smile at me. yes, I feel the power of a hug, I like it when someones hug me especially the unexpected hugs from behind and I also prefer hugs than kiss.I'm a hugger, I can hug you for 24hours If I Iove you.ahahaha ^_^
    tummytum tummytum
    26-30, F
    1 Response Aug 15, 2015

    oh yes, i mean, im a naturally shy person,

    so iv'e not really had many hugs over the years,even though i really love hugs, but i have lost count of the number of times i have had women smile at me, and it made my day!! some people might not believe it, but even just a smile could make someones day!!
    cowshed123 cowshed123
    36-40, M
    Jan 25, 2016

    What if, however, behind

    that smile, hides a shadow. It has power, no doubt. That embrace: all consuming, all knowing and so possessive. As he holds you close, you feel him take part of your soul with his 5 senses, finely tuned into you and you know for a fact, you cannot retrieve it. It belongs to him...
    deleted deleted
    Jan 5, 2016

    I'm not entirely sure

    where I read that a hug has so many benefits to a person physically. I am telling ya though what kind of effect it can have mentally. I was in midst of my addiction deep as my demon was whooping my ***. Every night at work same time 8PM I felt the wrath of its choke it had on me...
    Sugasug Sugasug
    41-45, M
    1 Response Aug 14, 2015

    Sometimes, we forget actions

    so simple can be so profound.
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    Jul 2, 2015

    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
    3 Responses Nov 23, 2013

    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

    Why do people wait for heartbreak,

    sorrow, grief, etc. to come together as human beings and show support love and empathy. Just give someone a big Heartfelt Universal Gift or (HUG)because a HUG 'CHANGES LIVES".
    HeartfeltUniversalGifts HeartfeltUniversalGifts
    46-50, M
    1 Response Jan 5, 2016

    Sometimes when I'm upset all I want is

    for someone to say yeah man that sucks and then give me a hug and it makes everything go away
    alorain alorain
    16-17, F
    Dec 29, 2015

    You there, the one reading this now.

    .. I want you to do something.. Smile.. Smile.. because you're beautiful because you're amazing because you're unique because you can because tomorrow is a new day because no matter what you think, someone loves you... Smile because you deserve to...
    expressomarkie expressomarkie
    5 Responses Jan 26, 2015

    But sadly when that's all you need sometimes

    you don't have the people to provide it for you
    Causelifesucks Causelifesucks
    18-21, M
    Dec 7, 2015

    I belive a simple hug can actually help sharing

    somebody's pain or to console them. and also to express happiness for somebody. a smile can disarm your opponent, make someone fall for you, can convey sarcasm. both hugs and smiles should be used in the right manner. Keep smiling, cheers...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Aug 14, 2015

    Nothing more rewarding

    and comforting in raising an ebbing spirit than receiving a hug. Try to hug as often as I can.
    PeterSp8 PeterSp8
    46-50, M
    Jun 20, 2015

    A Smile is the name of a lovely mood…A Smile

    creates greatness in personality…A S-mile is the shortest distance between 2 people….So A Smile is the best source to win a heart…. … Keep Smiling..Keep Winning Hearts..
    Serenita Serenita
    41-45, F
    Oct 5, 2014

    Is that what a smile is meant to do?

    To move your heart so deeply that the anchors lift and you feel it trying to push out of your chest? To stir your stomach so mightily that it truly feels like butterflies are trying to escape? To make your mind so woozy that you feel the need to hold onto a chair? Because I’ve...
    glassbonespaperskin glassbonespaperskin
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 19, 2016

    I am addicted to a hug from my family

    and friends. I do believe the power of a hug and a smile. I can see how others feel and how I feel when hugged and smiled at. I love it and do it often. Nothing better than giving and receiving a hug and a smile from others.
    oldernudistwifeandmom oldernudistwifeandmom
    56-60, F
    1 Response Nov 28, 2014

    Don't forget to smile.

    sometimes if you put smile in your face , doesn't mean that your life perfect. It means I appreciate what I have and what god(Allah) gave me. Everyday I woke up like this , it's a new day.
    awosunan awosunan
    18-21, F
    Jan 12, 2016

    "We shall never know all the good

    that a simple smile can do." Mother Teresa
    jml2000 jml2000
    61-65, M
    1 Response Aug 13, 2015

    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
    46-50, F
    5 Responses Mar 28, 2014

    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
    36-40, F
    6 Responses Mar 17, 2014
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