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I Believe In the Power of a Hug and a Smile

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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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    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 61-65, F 1 Response Nov 30, 2013

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    I love to smile most of the time .

    . That makes the whole atmosphere so light and easy ... It's so much easy life on the smile ... The lighter mood release all The serious faces and we all forget the little stress we may have due to all kind of stress ...
    xRohit xRohit 31-35, M 1 Response Mar 18

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    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 6 Responses Jul 6

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    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 46-50, M 6 Responses Jan 26

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    A hug can make you and the other person feel

    more connection and loved. I love a genuine hug. The power of touch is underestimated. I try to smile quite a lot to make people feel welcome and for various reasons but its the little things sometimes that make the difference.
    stargirl58 stargirl58 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 6

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    There are times when words are just not

    adequate to really communicate how we feel and quite often it's only the physical expression that works for us. I know often I need a hug to reassure me and a knowing reflective smile that say's its all okay and lots of us are the same. It helps us so much.
    Joanne0chan Joanne0chan 31-35, F 4 Responses Apr 5

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    The more "intense" of a hug,

    the better it would be!
    StellatedOdin StellatedOdin 22-25, M Mar 8

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    I'm don't have that smiling face like others

    for a stranger but I always smile back when some one 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 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 15

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    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 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 6

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    Sometimes, we forget actions

    so simple can be so profound.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 2

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    Hugs pretty much solve anything

    for me if I can hug then I know reconciliation has happened
    EdwardXV EdwardXV 22-25, M a week ago

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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 46-50, F 5 Responses Mar 28, 2014

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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 41-45, F 2 Responses May 6, 2014

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    ....looking up from studied train ignoring -

    looking for a first time and liking what I see - the warm smile forms - is returned and - well, it makes my day ...
    mcconchiea mcconchiea 51-55, M Apr 9

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    A single hug and a smile can make someone happy

    for quite a long while. I embrace any who need the embrace, smile despite my sufferings. Love despite those who hate me, accept any who need accepting
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 3

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    Our Zillion dollar smile,

    to our loved ones, is worth all the trouble. So never underestimate the power of those curves. :-)
    hiddentears hiddentears 26-30, F Feb 19

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    halohai halohai 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 15

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    Sometimes it makes my day.

    You have no idea what you mean to me. I want to thank you, with all my heart.
    Clothed Clothed 41-45, M Jan 15

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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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    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 36-40, M 3 Responses Aug 29, 2014

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    It can be the best medicine in times

    when you are sad. And even if you arw not down a simple hug, a smile and a few nice words can bright up your day. And I shared it as much as I can with people I love and care.
    Julia1600 Julia1600 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 4

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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 3 Responses Feb 6, 2014

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    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.
    Keegal Keegal 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 3, 2014

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    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 3 Responses Aug 14

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    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 1 Response Oct 5, 2014

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    Nothing more rewarding

    and comforting in raising an ebbing spirit than receiving a hug. Try to hug as often as I can.
    PeterSp8 PeterSp8 41-45, M Jun 20

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    Sometimes you just need a good old fashion hug

    and a smiling face looking back at you, acknowledging that you're significantHave you ever felt so empty inside, you know that you exist,yet what why does it really matter,that you do?
    AfanOfbigNaturals AfanOfbigNaturals 46-50, M Feb 18

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    Yes. And a genuine, serious hug.

    . That's full of LOVE.
    BrowningEmpress BrowningEmpress 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 11, 2014

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    Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,

    a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
    Brunette4U Brunette4U 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 2

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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 6 Responses Mar 17, 2014

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    I like it when you smile,

    but I love it when I'm the reason
    Hanna36 Hanna36 36-40, F Jun 15

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    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....
    Plaincountrygirl Plaincountrygirl 36-40, F 2 Responses Jun 23

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    BeautifulBrownBabyDoll BeautifulBrownBabyDoll 36-40, F 3 Responses May 1, 2014

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    AriannaMariee AriannaMariee 18-21, F 7 Responses Jun 5, 2014

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    I spent 20 years in the military.

    At many points, we'd be all stressed out and I would offer to hug other men/women in my unit. Most of the time, I'd get someone and often more than one person who would take me up on it.
    karlmartink karlmartink 36-40, M 2 Responses Apr 27

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    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

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    Who doesn´t ? They are the best someone can

    give.... just a compehensive hug, a sweet smile can heal the world... Kisses too...I get different sort of kisses...my son´s...my relatives´...my female friends´...a lady´s I may be going out with occasionally...all of them leave me under the impression I am a good person...
    SolitaireGent SolitaireGent 41-45, M 1 Response Aug 14

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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 2 Responses Jun 30, 2014

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    "We shall never know all the good

    that a simple smile can do." Mother Teresa
    jml2000 jml2000 56-60, M 3 Responses Aug 13

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    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...
    ShantanuD ShantanuD 26-30, M 2 Responses Aug 14

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    "Sometimes it overwhelms me to know

    that there are people who wishes I'd never been born." This is it. After facing my demons, it's time to move on. Thanks to the people who helped me realize that there are better things in life that are worth my time. Looking forward for a brighter tomorrow.😊😃 Thanks to my...
    ImAlivingParadox ImAlivingParadox 18-21, F Feb 21

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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 3 Responses Nov 21, 2013

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    Have you ever hugged someone soo tight

    and felt that theres no place you would rather be? Then you just look up into their eyes and see forever.? I just had an experience like that a few days ago. I have never felt so perfectly happy and complete before.
    solongago2 solongago2 31-35, F 1 Response May 21

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    Converted Converted 46-50, M Mar 22

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    I often go out alone.

    I commented about this on someone's post where she had written about her feelings on going out alone.I go alone when my family is away for some reason.This person suggested if I smile at people,I would not be alone.I do talk to strangers sometimes.Like the other day I started...
    whitesunshine87 whitesunshine87 51-55, F 7 Responses Aug 14