Consider Yourself Hugged!

 Global Free Hugs (GFH) Mission:

To spread kindness through the simple gesture of a free hug and let people know they matter in the world.

When is it held?

GFH is an annual event held the first weekend of May.

Why GFH?

Because you want to be part of a positive solution bringing more love and kindness in the world simply by offering a hug.

Global Hug Intentions

  • Huggers in every continent
  • Hugging in as many countries as possible
  • Hugging in all 50 states
  • Peace leaders and organizations to participate
  • Letting people know they matter with the simple gesture of a free hug

How to Participate:

  • Have an open heart, open mind, open arms and a willingness to spread kindness
  • Create a free hug sign
  • Find a public place to offer free hugs to those walking by – enlist friends or go by yourself
  • Take pictures and email them to or post on the Positive Focus Facebook Event page.
  • Share your hug experience with us on our Facebook event page or via email.
  • Public events preferred, however please join us if you are having a private event and/or simply hugging your family and friends that day. Send your pictures and we will include them on Facebook and in the video if there is room.
  • Note: You will find that lots of people will walk by without getting a hug, yet many of them will smile, so know they have been touched as well.

Sign up for…

Global Free Hugs 13 - May 5 & 6 2018

Thank you for joining us for GLOBAL FREE HUGS 2017 on MAY 6th or 7th Note: Only your first name and hug location will be shared on the global hug map. Your email is confidential. Big hugs, Carol PF Founder & Vision Keeper
  • Who is the main person organizing the event
  • Main contact email address - we will not share your email address.
  • Are you hugging with friends, list their names here (first name all that is required) Are you hugging with a club, organization? List name here.
  • If you know the date, time, and location of your hug event, put it here and I will add it to the hug map. We encourage hugging events year-round, but please only sign up for this if you are planning to hug on either of the dates mentioned above.
  • Did you hear about us on Facebook? A friend? Another organization?
  • Are you looking for someone to hug with? When people sign up from the same city, I will email you both if and only if you say yes to sharing your email. *I won't share your email address publicly, just with individual people, unless you ask for your email address to be added to the map for people to get more information about your event.
  • Thank you for joining a global movement of spreading kindness. I will add your email to my email list in order to keep you updated on global hugs. You can opt out at any time, although I hope you stay and realize every message is sent with love and a big hug to heighten your celebrations and lessen your sorrows.

 The History of Free Hugs:

Free Hugs began in 2004 by Juan Mann in Australia. Feeling alone, he made a free hugs sign and stood in a public location holding his sign. It was new, it was scary, it was powerful. He continued to offers hugs to strangers and the movement continued to grow. The 2006 original free hug video brought the movement to a global scale. CLICK HERE to read his story.

Global Hug Map

Current Locations (2018):

Continents (4): Asia, Australia, Europe, North America

Countries (7): Australia, Austria, England, India, Portugal, Taiwan, USA

US States (12): Alabama, California, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington

Past Global Locations


(6 of 7)

Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America

Islands 46

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam


Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Washington DC, Puerto Rico
Peace Leaders & Organizations Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Humanity’s Team, Positive Focus, DH Facilitadores

Original Free Hug Video

Loving The World One Free Hug At A Time.

Global Free Hugs 10 (2016 & 17′)

Global Free Hugs 10 (2015)

Global Free Hugs 9 (2014)

Global Free Hugs 8 (2013)

Global Free Hugs 7 (2012)

Global Free Hugs 6 (2011)

Global Free Hugs 5 (Fall 2010)

Global Free Hugs 4 (Spring 2010)

Global Free Hugs 3 (Fall 2009)

Global Free Hugs 2 (Spring 2009)

Global Free Hugs 2 – Chicago (Spring 2009)

Global Free Hugs 1 – Kids Style (Fall 2008)

Global Free Hugs 1 (Fall 2008)

My Story of 8 Years of Hugging