A woman has started the hugging challenge.  Melinda Schmidt, decided after moving to North Carolina, to start hugging strangers. She's pledged to hug at least one random person a day for a year.

Count me in.  I don't know about a year, but I'll hug random people for the next month and record their reactions. I hugged three people for my first day of the hugging challenge and all were happy to receive a hug.  Everyone except maybe the third girl.  She's new and had no idea what was going on. 

Keep checking back for my daily hug updates.  And be on the lookout.  I may be hugging you next.