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Worakorn "Lucky" Thanyananthima is also known as HugMan. The 33-year-old Surin native has made it his life mission to give strangers free hugs in the hope of promoting world peace. Since Jan 21 is National Hug Day in the US when participants offer free hugs to family members, friends and strangers alike, we talk to Lucky to learn what it's like to offer free hugs all year round. You can follow him at facebook.com/LuckyHugman. 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY TO BECOMING HUGMAN.

While working an office job as a civil engineer, I started questioning the purpose of my life. I wondered what I was born to do and what I could give to the world. This went on for about five years. I came to realise that I wanted to go down in history as someone who did something significant, but I didn't know what I could do to get there. One day while visiting the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, I came across a book called Chicken Soup for the Soul. It dawned on me that I could contribute through hugging and people would remember me for it. I'm also fond of superheroes and have called myself HugMan since last May.

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