From TODAY producer Amy Unell
While I was filming this hugging story at Mikey's Hug Deli in Santa Monica Beach, a little girl about 5 or 6 years old with a slight British accent walked up to me and placed her order with a smile, "I'd like a warm and fuzzy hug, please." I replied that it cost two compliments. She looked me right in the eyes and said, "I like your bracelet, and you have a nice smile."
We hugged it out, and then she grabbed her mom's hand and started to walk away. But suddenly, she turned around. "I'd like to give you another compliment please," she said confidently. "I like you."
A little girl who I'd known for a mere 30 seconds with a heart of gold -- now that's the power of the Hug Deli.
If you're hungry for a hug, check out Mikey's Hug Deli in Santa Monica. E-mail email@example.com for hours of operation.
Have you hugged any strangers lately? Tell us your take on the power of a hug.