Free hugs

Back in the summer, as I wheeled down Glastonbury high street, two people stood with a sign ‘Free hugs’ and a warm inviting smile of kindness. This smile reflected onto my face and I opened my arms wide. The man ran towards me and we shared a cwtch.

My friend joined in with the event, and as we walked away beaming we were amazed with how a small act of kindness and connection can alter your mood in a second.

This moment played on my mind all day, I had to take it home.

I put a post out on facebook, sharing my idea and asking for volunteers to join me. I was surprised when three friends got back to me straight with a convincing yes.

I did have doubts and resistance about going to our local town. Would they welcome the hugs or just think we’re crazy. But that was judgment on my part and had to trust in my reason of wanting to do it – Wanting to spread love and connection, to show with a simple hug that everyone matters.

The reaction we received on the day was wonderful. Yes, some refused a hug with a blunt no thanks, but hearing people say ‘you’ve made my day’ ‘this is what I need today’

What became clear was how much we always believe there must be a catch, nothing can be given for free, surely not? Many asked us ‘what’s it for?’ It was an experience to see their shocked faces when we’d say we had just given up our time to come out and help make people smile.

We loved giving so much that we have decided to hold a monthly free hug event. Please get in touch if you want to join us in the Carmarthenshire area