The Hug | Stories. Kindness. Love. And connection.

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The Hug | Stories. Kindness. Love. And connection.

As we bring this year to a close, we wanted to reflect on human beings. Stories. Kindness. Love. And connection. And, more than anything, you. Our community.

Stories that allow us to see more of the goodness in each other, how we’re all human, doing the best we can. Stories that remind us all that people are good, they can be kind even to total strangers in ways we never imagined. And, today, to close out this long-strange trip of a year, we wanted to share some of these curating stories, specifically from a collection of community stories we love to call The Hug.

Each story shares a moment or experience where a little bit of kindness, a little bit of sweetness, and just maybe a little bit of lightness and laughter touched into the storyteller’s life, and reminded them how good people can be. I feel like we all need a little bit of that right now. So sit back and enjoy these stories. And, maybe, find a little space to rediscover your own tender heart along the way. End of the day, that’s really what it’s all about. See you in 2023.

You can find our storytellers at:

Marsha Shandur: Instagram | Website

Yvonne Ator: Website

IN-Q: Instagram | Website

Dan Stones: Wildfire note on Twitter

Jana Langford: Instagram | Website

Gabra Zackman: Instagram

Rick Charlie: Facebook

Susan Piver: Instagram

Erin Moon: Instagram | Website

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  • laurin

    This is how all podcasts should be


    Gold. Jesus Christ. How do you do it?

    6 months ago·4 likes·
  • Lisaa

    Packed with purpose! These short bites of knowledge and wonder will give you inspiration to stay on your mission, build consistency, and serve others with all your heart!


    6:00 who is the intro sooo long 😂

    6 months ago·2 likes·

    “You have thousands of mintues of work.”

    6 months ago·7 likes·
  • martin

    the intro is way to long but good episode still skip till 5:30


    The part where he mentions that he wants to be adopted by a more functional family even at 45 yrs really hits home. Really delineates how no matter how old and independent you are, you still need love and support.

    6 months ago·10 likes·

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