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As 2016 comes to an end, let’s celebrate love.

By December 31, 2016Free Hugs Blog

Personally, I cannot remember a year in which more people that I know have been so vocal in their desire for the current calendar year to be over. It’s been a year so surreal that Merriam Webster actually named “surreal” the Word of the Year. This 2 minute film by Google reviews the top searches of 2016 through footage of the moments that broke our hearts, divided us, and pulled us together over the past 365 days. After a tumultuous year, marked by moments of intense tragedy and polarization, Google manages to bring us something surprisingly uplifting and hopeful.

Let’s celebrate love!


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Ken E. Nwadike, Jr. is an American documentary filmmaker, motivational speaker, and peace activist popularly known as the Free Hugs Guy online. Nwadike Jr is the founder of the Free Hugs Project, which produces motivational videos to spread love, inspire change, and raise awareness of social issues. His 'Free Hugs' videos have reached hundreds of millions of views on Facebook and YouTube. In 2014, Nwadike launched the Free Hugs Project to spread love in response to the bombing of the Boston Marathon. The Free Hugs Project gained popularity in 2016, as Nwadike made major news headlines for his peace-keeping efforts and de-escalating violence during protests, riots, and political rallies. Nwadike was featured in Google's 2016 Year in Search video as a highlight of some of the year's most defining moments. Nwadike has made many appearances on news programs and radio broadcasts worldwide, including CNN, USA Today, Good Morning Britain, and BBC News.

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