I've always believed hugs are a very important part of every person's life; whether they get give or receive them; but that thought was always kind of abstract. I didn't have anything specific to attribute it to. Then in October 2007 I was reading an article about a study that was done showing that hugs can actually reduce the risk of heart disease. I remember thinking “Wow, hugs really do heal.” It made me think of all the times in my life that I've been made to feel better by being hugged; and all times I've hugged friends and family members when I thought they needed it. I realized that hugs have a far more profound effect on our lives than most people really appreciate.
Hugs Heal started out as a simple Myspace account. I sent out some friends requests, half expecting to get some messages back telling me how corny my idea was. I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of messages berating me for my silly idea, I started receiving emails from people telling me how wonderful thought it was, asking how they could help me spread my message. The Hugs Heal Myspace grew from there and is still growing. It now has thousands of friends connected to it, many of whom contribute stories, pictures, and videos that depict how hugs heal.
The Hugs Heal Online Community is a social network I started in the hopes of bringing people together through hugs and love. It is a place for everyone who believes that hugs have real healing power and who have been helped by love and hugs to survive life's challenges.
I also hope to start an in-person club and organize activities like visits to hospitals, passing out sandwiches to the homeless, and protesting Hug Bans in schools. These are just some of the many plans I have for Hugs Heal.