I will never forget the first time I heard about how Carol Miller was spreading kindness in the world... I was at a conference in Santa Fa and she was talking about how she gives Free Hugs downtown Chicago.... I knew in that moment that I needed to get involved.
You see, I had been offering free listening and I was creating Facebook posts about 'Everyday Heroes' offering ways we can spread kindness. But when I heard about offering free hugs, it changed my life.
I reached out to Carol to let her know that I was offering free hugs in Canada the first weekend of each month and she added me to her Free Hug Movement, an effort to give out 1 million hugs globally this year.
Carol also offered to meet me at the border and give out hugs together in Niagara Falls. That was one of the most special days of my life because we were able to collectively give out over 500 hugs to strangers from all over the world in just 90 minutes.
Hugging touches the heart of most people. The uncomfortable ones are curious, and the open ones are so appreciative. I know that when I am out hugging, I am impacting so many people and role modelling love and kindness. Hugs lift people up immediately and start a chain reaction.
It makes me so proud to be one flower in Carol Miller's garden of kindness. I am proud to share her work and her efforts with others. She has been an amazing role model and I feel blessed to have met her.