I'd seen this video a couple of years ago when it first became popular on the web. But until I stumbled across it this morning I wasn't aware of the fascinating backstory.
Sometimes, a hug is all that we need. Free Hugs is the real life controversial story of Juan Mann, a man whose sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger and put a smile on their face. As this simple gesture of kindness and hope spread, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs Campaign BANNED.
This was You Tube's 2006 video of the year. It is still being viewed at You Tube and commented upon as recently as today.
The Free Hugs story can be found at http://www.freehugscampaign.org/