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You've been hugged!

Updated on April 5, 2011

Just another day!

It's Monday afternoon and I finally had a chance to escape from the office to head home for the day. I had awaken early that morning with a horrible cough, sore throat and fever. But, I had a committment to a group of new hires and needed to go into the office that morning to get them oriented and started out on the right foot.

It had been a really long morning and I was feeling a lot worse by the time I had finally gotten the opportunity to leave. I decided to stop by McDonalds on the way home because I knew I needed something to eat so that I could take my medicine. As I pulled in, I noticed a very long line. But, I still decided to go ahead and wait in the drive thru. I placed my order like normal and waited my turn in line to pay. As I approached the drive thru window to pay, I noticed that the cashier standing behind the counter seemed overly excited to see me pull up to the window. I smiled like I normally do and asked her how her day was. She smiled and leaned through the window with my receipt. "You're not going to believe this, but the couple in front of you paid for your meal and left you this card". Surprised, I smiled and said really? That is so sweet. As I flipped the card over it simply had a pink heart with arms that stretched out and said in large writing "You've been hugged". Nothing more. Just that simple message.

Feeling as bad as I did, in that one split second, that one small gesture from a complete stranger made me smile and feel warm inside. The cashier told me to drive forward, but before I left, I looked back behind me and saw an older couple behind me. I asked the cashier, how much is their lunch? She said who? I said, the couple behind me. She gave me the total and looked back at me as I said, I want to pay for their lunch, give them this card and tell them to have a nice day. Let's see how long we can keep the chain of hugs going. The cashier, gave me a big smile, and said "this is so great, I wish everyone would do things like this". I smiled back at her, well, you are right, but look at it this way, it only took one. She said one what? I said one random act of kindness to change someones day and turn their blessing into someone elses. I smiled back at the cashier and told her to have a great day.

As I looked back in my mirror when I was driving off, I saw the cashier leaning out the window with the same giddy smile on her face as she handed the customer the small card and receipt. I hurried off, to get home and enjoy my lunch from my very thoughtful stranger. I thought back and smiled how someone could do something so random and out of the blue, could change a very hard day for me and turn it into such a sweet one in that split second. Their kindness made me forget me and focus on being grateful for their kind gesture. As I pulled off, I kept thinking how awesome it felt to know I hopefully made someone elses day and I really hoped  that the person behind me decided to enjoy his lunch as much as I did mine and hopefully decided to spread the same kind of joy that was extended to the both of us that Monday afternoon.

I am always amazed at the kindess of complete strangers. People spend so much time wrapped up in their own lives and involved in their own feelings and world, that we often forget how a small gesture can make the difference in someone elses day. I don't know who hugged me, but I can tell you, it was one of the best hugs I had all day Monday!

I would like to challenge everyone to take the time to think and extend a small gesture to a complete stranger the next time you stop by a drive thru. I have to tell you, no matter what the total of the order is, the act of your kindess will far exceed the amount you pay and will be remembered for many years to come.

So, when is the last time you've been hugged or given one to someone else? I hope it's today!


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      Regina Harrison-Barton 4 years ago from South Carolina

      We have a radio station called WMHK that has people call in when this is done now. I love hearing these stories of random acts of kindness.

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      Regina Harrison-Barton 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Thank you for your comment. I feel truly blessed to have been a recipient of someone else kind act. But, what gives me greater joy is knowing that there are still so many wonderful people in this world who are willing to share their own joy with a complete stranger. I see it as an opportunity to continue their gift!

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      Gerg 6 years ago from California

      Wonderful story - thanks for sharing your positive energy! Be well ~


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      lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

      This is the most wonderful act of kindness and care for another human being. This is truly something that we all need to be reminded of. Thank you so much for sharing. I enjoyed this so much. I also vote up....

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      tltbd 6 years ago

      Truly renews my faith in Human Nature. Thanks for sharing!

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      tltbd 6 years ago

      Truly renews my faith in Human Nature. Thanks for sharing!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      How wonderful to be the recipent of a random act of kindness. There'e nothing better.

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      Deep 6 years ago from In the middle of nowhere and worldwide but still that T.O.kid from da north of America

      thanks for the hug and hub nothing beats a rendom act of kindness, but a random act of kindness

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      Jackwms 6 years ago

      Again, this was a great hub. It brought out the feelings most of us have. The comments that followed show this.

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      Regina Harrison-Barton 6 years ago from South Carolina

      It is always amazing to me how the most simple acts in this world can totally change someones day or heart. I would love to encounter people like this everyday of my life and I am going to do more myself. Its a win/win. The gift of giving warms your soul.

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      ChristineVianello 6 years ago from Philadelphia

      What a lovely thing that the stranger and you did. How awesome would it be if that chain was still continuing?

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      Paideia 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this story. After reading it I felt hugged and inspired by you. I can't remember the last time I hugged someone in that symbolic way, I'll make sure to do so soon.

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      Bryce 6 years ago from Northern California Coast

      Sweet! Thanks for a heart-warming story. Great to remember that small gestures can have a big impact. I'm glad you shared this.

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      neeleshkulkarni 6 years ago from new delhi

      you just hugged a lot of us ugagirl and thank you very much for that.i promise to keep passing it on.

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      Regina Harrison-Barton 6 years ago from South Carolina

      It is so wonderful to see other awesome stories. I love it when people bring out the best in others. Thanks for sharing your stories.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      We did extend our left overs after dining out in Georgia, to a Homeless man. Boy did his eyes light up and he couldn't have been more appreciative. Good Hub, very inspirational.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      How lovely. I remember the time a compete stranger paid for my toll on the Garden State Parkway!

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      Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

      Great story...sounds just like the movie Pay it Forward...thanks for sharing this awesome story...and I glad it made a bad day better for you

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      catgypsy 6 years ago from the South

      Wow! What a great story. It takes so little time to do just a small thing for someone and change their day. It's wonderful that you passed it on!

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      Jackwms 6 years ago

      I absolutely love it. You made my day.

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      What a lovely act of random kindness that was for the people in the car ahead of you to pay for your lunch. And for you to pay for lunch for the people in the car behind you as well.

      Just wonderin'. Do you remember the make and color of the car and the license number? Just askin'.