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I Believe In the Power of a Hug and a Smile

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 10,056 People

    Happy National Hug Day!

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

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    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 ??
    ROB44OTTO ROB44OTTO 16-17, M Sep 30, 2015

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    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 1 Response Dec 29, 2015

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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....
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jun 23, 2015

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    questionWeaver questionWeaver 56-60, M 5 Responses a week ago

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    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 16-17, F Jan 12

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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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    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 13-15, F Dec 29, 2015

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    Do you ever come across a stranger

    and just wonder about what's happened in their life to bring them to this point in time? I was approaching an elderly woman when I went to the lake the other day and I just couldn't help but wonder about her. I don't know why but she infiltrated my soul from the moment I saw...
    MsJessicaRabbit MsJessicaRabbit 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 2

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    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 21 hrs ago

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    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 31-35, M Jan 25

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    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 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 22

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    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...
    JeweledGypsy JeweledGypsy 41-45, F 1 Response Dec 7, 2015

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    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...
    JeweledGypsy JeweledGypsy 41-45, F 2 Responses Jan 5

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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 6 Responses Aug 14, 2015

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    OddButResilient OddButResilient 46-50, M 1 day ago

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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 5 Responses Jan 26, 2015

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    LittleMidnight LittleMidnight 18-21 4 Responses Dec 30, 2015

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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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    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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    "We shall never know all the good

    that a simple smile can do." Mother Teresa
    jml2000 jml2000 61-65, M 3 Responses Aug 13, 2015

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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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    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 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 15, 2015

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    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!
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Sep 29, 2015

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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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    But sadly when that's all you need sometimes

    you don't have the people to provide it for you
    Causelifesucks Causelifesucks 16-17, M 1 Response Dec 7, 2015

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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 2 Responses Aug 14, 2015

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    I like it when you smile,

    but I love it when I'm the reason
    loyalgirl78 loyalgirl78 36-40, F Jun 15, 2015

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

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    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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    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 4 Responses Jul 6, 2015

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

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    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 4 Responses Nov 5, 2015

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 14, 2015

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    I absolutely believe

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

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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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    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Sep 22, 2015

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    Sometimes, we forget actions

    so simple can be so profound.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 2, 2015

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    Have you been hugged lately?

    Did you know... "The average length of a hug between two people is 3 seconds, but researchers have discovered something fantastic. When a hug lasts 20 seconds, there is a therapeutic effect on the body and mind. The reason is that a sincere hug produces a hormone called...
    MsJessicaRabbit MsJessicaRabbit 26-30, F 5 Responses Jan 21

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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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    Have you ever walked into a place

    and saw someone and know exactly how they feel? Today I saw this girl standing in the supermarket, having been through hell myself I can tell exactly how she is feeling. Just by watching her expressions and how she behaves. I wish I could just hug her and tell her it's ok. Of...
    vtolfreak vtolfreak 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 30

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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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    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 2 Responses Jan 5

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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 2 Responses Nov 3, 2014

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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, 2015

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